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Space Week Ireland Resources (Solar System and Mars)

Added: 26 Sep 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Experiment / Guide/notes / Lesson Plan

Two resources can be found on this website:
1. Sizes and Scales in the Solar System: how big is big and how do all those planets fit into the solar system? This classroom toolkit can be found in English or Irish.
The Solar System is a broad topic that can inspire children and stoke their imaginations on many different levels. As a theme it also provides an opportunity to teach across many areas of the primary school curriculum; as well as science, history, geography, mathematics, English comprehension, visual arts and drama, even P.E. can be brought into lessons based on this theme. Here, the objective is to understand the scale of the Solar System by modelling the size of all the Planets, plus the distance of each from the Sun.


2. Mars: the Red Planet: could we ever live on Mars? Is there life there now? This classroom toolkit can be found in English or Irish.
Mars is similar yet different to the Earth. The differences help to highlight what is special about our planet. If humans were to live anywhere else in the solar system, Mars would be the best option.

How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
SESE Science

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Science and the environment

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • begin to explore and appreciate the application of science and technology infamiliar contexts
  • identify some ways in which science and technology contributes positively to society
  • recognise and investigate human activities which have positive or adverse effects on local and wider environments

Suggestions for use: Teacher should use this classroom resource booklet as a guide to planning activities for Space Week/ inter integrating into the topic of environmental awareness. There is background information for teachers to read, a framework for inquiry and fun investigations to explore concepts in more in-dept detail.

Strand: Environ. Awareness & Care

Strand unit: Science and the environment

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • appreciate the application of science and technology in familiar contexts
  • examine some ways that science and technology have contributed positively to the use of the Earth's resources
  • recognise and investigate aspects of human activities that may have positive or adverse effects on environments
  • recognise the contribution of scientists to society

Suggestions for use: Teacher should use this classroom resource booklet as a guide to planning activities for Space Week/ inter integrating into the topic of environmental awareness. There is background information for teachers to read, a framework for inquiry and fun investigations to explore concepts in more in-dept detail.

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