Third grade classes have begun their first short focused research project for the school year. Pursuant to the Common Core reading and writing standards and the science curriculum, students are reading and taking notes on one planet after first generating a list of questions about the planets. Students are using one book as their anchor resource and supplementing with websites for some more information. As student's completed their research we told them about The Solar Awards! Most Amazing Moons, Weirdest Orbit, Wildest Weather, Spectacular Land Surface or Most Dangerous are some of the categories a planet can win. Each planet group will enter their planet for two awards. They must examine their planet information carefully in order to decide which category to enter, based on which they believe their planet can win. Next they need to back up their choice with evidence, two or three good facts, and write a script for a speech or commercial supporting their planet. Finally, the whole class will vote on each Award. Watch this space for their commercials and for the results of The Solar Awards!
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.