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The Solar System Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will be able to create an animated gif about the solar system using Brush Ninja and describe at least three features of each planet.

Materials

  • Laptops or tablets with internet access
  • Projector and screen for teacher demonstration
  • Blank paper and pencils for planning their animations

Procedure

  1. Introduction: Begin by showing students pictures of the different planets in our solar system. Ask them what they know about the planets, such as their names, order from the sun, size, color, etc.
  2. Demonstration: Show students how to use Brush Ninja to create an animated gif. Explain that they will be creating a short animation featuring each planet with at least three features described in words or images.
  3. Planning: Provide time for students to plan out their animations on paper before starting on the computer.
  4. Creation: Have students use Brush Ninja to create their animated gifs showcasing each planet and its unique features.
  5. Presentation: Allow time for students to share their finished animations with the class and describe what they learned about each planet.

Assessment

Students will be assessed based on:

  • Completion of an animated gif featuring all eight planets in our solar system.
  • Accurate descriptions of at least three features of each planet.
  • Ability to present their work clearly and confidently.

Extension

For advanced learners or those who finish early:

  • Research a specific planetary feature (such as Saturn’s rings or Jupiter’s Great Red Spot) and include it in their animation.

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