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​​​​The Solar System​​​​​​ Project

​T​he Task

​​​You are to wri​te a report. A report is a kind of Informational Text. Other kinds of Informational Texts are news articles (CNN.com, TweenTribune.com, Newsela.com), textbooks, newspapers, and many more.

You are going to write a report on the Solar System. There are many different parts to the Solar System. Each heavenly body (like the sun, planets, and asteroids) has many facts about it. You will need to take notes on each piece of the Solar System. Your first notes will be from a video and will be written on a piece of paper. Later, you will copy and paste notes from websites into OneNote.

After you have taken notes, you will need to write a rough draft in OneNote describing the sun or planet. Each heavenly body from the sun to Neptune will have a paragraph. As well, you will have one introduction paragraph describing the Solar System as a whole. Finally, you will have a conclusion paragraph summarizing the information you gave your reader.


In all, you will be writing 12 paragraphs for this report:

  1. Introduction about the Solar System
  2. Sun
  3. Mercury
  4. Venus
  5. Earth
  6. Mars
  7. Asteroid Belt
  8. Jupiter
  9. Saturn
  10. Uranus
  11. Neptune
  12. Conclusion summary
Note: Pluto may be included as a 13th paragraph written between Neptune and the Conclusion for extra credit.

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Useful Files

Solar System Graphic Organi​zer


Day 1--The Magic School Bus Notes

Your first notes will be written on a graphic organizer given to you by Mr. Bockstahler. ​​​​​If yo​u lose your organizer, you can download or print a new one on the left.

You should try to get facts and details written down about each planet in the video.

These notes will be from an interesting video...

This is how you will be graded for Day 1:

Of 10 topics, sun through Neptune, a student will score:

  • 100%, A: At least 1 fact written about each of the 10 topics

  • 75%, P: At least 1 fact written about 7 topics (7 or more total)

  • 50%, PP: At leas​​t 1 fact written about 4 topics (4 or more total)

  • 0% to 25%, U: 0-3 facts written about less than 4 topics​


 

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Cite all sources!!!

 


Word Map for Synonyms​


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OneNote links by Period

Period 2

Period 4

Period 5

 ​​​​​​Writing Groups by Period

Period 2

Period 4

Period 5​​​​


Day 2--​​​Notes on the Solar System

​These next notes will be written in OneNote this time. Mr. Bockstahler has created an entire tab in the Content Library just for this occasion. Make sure to Right Click + Copy and Move the tab to your section of OneNote to stay organized.​

It's always good to have multiple sources of information for your reports. The more credible (reliable) sources of information you include, the more likely your reader will believe you and think of you as a credible source of information.

The websites you will use are National Geographic Kids--What is a Planet? and the KidsAstronomy.com. Both links can be found under the Useful Links area to the left.

You will be able to work with your Writing Group, in pairs (a person from your Writing Group), or alone.

This is how you will be graded for taking notes about the Solar System on Day 2:

  • ​​​​​​​F​ire Group has 2 facts about the Solar System with sources cited.

  • Water Group has 4 facts about the Solar System with sources cited.

  • Air Group has 6 facts about the Solar System with sources cited.

  • Earth Group has 8 facts about the Solar System with sources cited.

​​​While each group has a set minimum of facts and details to find, you should find as many facts as possible. It's best to have a choice of what facts to include rather than not have enough facts to begin with.


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​​Day 3--​​​Write about the Solar System

​After you have found a sufficient amount of facts to write your paragraphs, it's time to start writing.

You must write 1 paragraph only about the Solar System. Do not include facts about the Sun, any planet, or the Astroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples.

​​This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.


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Excellent Student​ Examples​


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​​​Format​​

Each paragraph must be written using a particular sentence pattern, the Schaffer Paragraph:

Sentence 1: Introduction of the topic. Transition from previous topic.

Sentence 2​​​​​​​​: Facts with a transition.

Sentence 3: Explain why this fact matters in your own words. Use these sentence starters to help:

  • This shows that
  • This also shows that
  • This is because
  • This is important because
  • In addition
  • Therefore
  • Furthermore
  • For Example

Sentence 4: Conclusion​​ that summ​​arizes the paragraph's ideas​. Click here for a video on good conclusions and how to write them.

Click here for a website with examples of conclusion sentences.​

Note: This is the basic format for Fire students. Water students need 2 facts and 2 Evaluate/Explain sentences, Air students need 3 facts and 3 Evaluate/Explain sentences, and Earth students need 4 facts and 4 Evaluate/Explain sentences. Click here for samples.

​​​​​Visual Water Paragraph:

Note that the meat sentences are FACT sentences.

 

​​This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.

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Day 4--The Sun

After you have found a sufficient amount of facts to write your paragraphs, it's time to start writing.

You must write 1 paragraph only about the Sun. Do not include facts about any planet or the Asteroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples.

​​This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.


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Day 5--​​​Mercury

Find notes about the planet Mercury. ​The number of facts you find for your notes depend on the group you are in.​

  • ​Fire students must have 2 factual notes
  • Water students must have 4 factual notes
  • Air students must have 6 factual notes
  • Earth students must have 8 factual notes

You also must write 1 paragraph only about Mercury. Do not include facts about the Sun, any other planet, or the Asteroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include in your paragraph.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples

​​This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.



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Venus silhouetted by the Sun

Day 6--​​​Venus

Find notes about the planet Venus. ​The number of facts you find for your notes depend on the group you are in.​

  • ​​Fire students must have 2 factual notes
  • Water students must have 4 factual notes
  • Air students must have 6 factual notes
  • Earth students must have 8 factual notes

You also must write 1 paragraph only about Venus. Do not include facts about the Sun, any other planet, or the Asteroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include in your paragraph.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples

​​This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.


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Day 7--​​​Earth

Find notes about the planet Earth. ​The number of facts you find for your notes depend on the group you are in.​

  • ​​Fire students must have 2 factual notes
  • Water students must have 4 factual notes
  • Air students must have 6 factual notes
  • Earth students must have 8 factual notes

You also must write 1 paragraph only about Earth. Do not include facts about the Sun, any other planet, or the Asteroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include in your paragraph.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples

​​This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.

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Scale comparison​

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Day 8--​​​Mars

​2/29/16

Find notes about the planet Mars. ​The number of facts you find for your notes depend on the group you are in.​

  • ​​Fire students must have 2 factual notes
  • Water students must have 4 factual notes
  • Air students must have 6 factual notes
  • Earth students must have 8 factual notes

You also must write 1 paragraph only about Mars. Do not include facts about the Sun, any other planet, or the Asteroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include in your paragraph.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples

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This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.


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Day 9--​​​Asteroid Belt

3/1/16

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/asteroid.htm​​ 

Find notes about the Asteroid Belt. ​The number of facts you find for your notes depend on the group you are in.​

  • ​​Fire students must have 2 factual notes
  • Water students must have 4 factual notes
  • Air students must have 6 factual notes
  • Earth students must have 8 factual notes

You also must write 1 paragraph only about the Asteroid Belt. Do not include facts about the Sun or any planet. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include in your paragraph.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples

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This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.


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Click for an artist's idea of what flying through Jupiter's gases might be like

Day 10--​​​Jupiter

3/2/16

Find notes about the planet Jupiter. ​The number of facts you find for your notes depend on the group you are in.​

  • ​​Fire students must have 2 factual notes
  • Water students must have 4 factual notes
  • Air students must have 6 factual notes
  • Earth students must have 8 factual notes

You also must write 1 paragraph only about Jupiter. Do not include facts about the Sun, any other planet, or the Asteroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include in your paragraph.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples

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This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.


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Day 11--​​​Saturn

3/3/16

Find notes about the planet Saturn. ​The number of facts you find for your notes depend on the group you are in.​

  • ​​Fire students must have 2 factual notes
  • Water students must have 4 factual notes
  • Air students must have 6 factual notes
  • Earth students must have 8 factual notes

You also must write 1 paragraph only about Saturn. Do not include facts about the Sun, any other planet, or the Asteroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include in your paragraph.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples

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This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.


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Day 12--​​​Uranus

3/4/16​

Find notes about the planet Uranus. ​The number of facts you find for your notes depend on the group you are in.​

  • ​​Fire students must have 2 factual notes
  • Water students must have 4 factual notes
  • Air students must have 6 factual notes
  • Earth students must have 8 factual notes

You also must write 1 paragraph only about Uranus. Do not include facts about the Sun, any other planet, or the Asteroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include in your paragraph.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples

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This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.


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Day 13--Neptune​

3/7/16

Find notes about the planet Neptune. ​The number of facts you find for your notes depend on the group you are in.​

  • ​​Fire students must have 2 factual notes
  • Water students must have 4 factual notes
  • Air students must have 6 factual notes
  • Earth students must have 8 factual notes

You also must write 1 paragraph only about Neptune. Do not include facts about the Sun, any other planet, or the Asteroid Belt. The writing group you are in will determine how many facts and details you must include in your paragraph.

  • Fire students must have 1 fact.
  • Water students must have 2 facts.
  • Air students must have 3 facts.
  • Earth students must have 4 facts.

As well, each fact must be cited. Tell me where you found the fact. Click for instructions on the paragraph format and samples

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This is how you will be graded for the paragraph:

​100%, Advanced: A well-written paragraph that includes the correct number of facts/details (based on writing group). As well, each fact/detail has an explanation in the students' words for why this fact matters to the topic. Transitions between facts are included and are clear. All fact sources are cited.


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Day 14--Put it All Together

3/8/16

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Day 15--Conclusions

​3/10/16

​​Writing a good conclusion paragr​aph.​​​​

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Day 16​--Catch Up

3/11/16

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