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Moon Phases

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Project Requirements:
Research Due:  February ______
Presentation Due: Friday, February______

Each student will create a Google presentation for a planet in our solar system. Each presentation must include the following:

1. Title Page: This slide must include the planet name, student name, class number and date.

2. Planet Location Page: This slide must identify where the planet is located in our solar system in relationship to the sun and whether the planet is an inner or outer planet. Also, include information about its orbit around the sun.

3. Composition Page: This slide must identify the composition of the planet. What is it made up of? You must identify if the planet is considered a rock or gas planet. You must also identify the specific composition of the planet. 

4. Moons & Rings Page: This slide must describe whether the planet has rings or moons. If so, describe what you learned in your research about the number of moons & rings. Also, include interesting details about the planets moons & rings.

5. Unique Characteristics: This slide must include at least 3 special or interesting facts about your planet. For example, what is this planet known for? How is it unique? Is there any new or recent discoveries about your planet?  

6. Photos or Clip art: Each slide must include at least one photo or image unique traits of the planet. 

7. Error Free: Each slide must be free of spelling and grammar errors.

8. Accuracy: Each slide must contain factual information about the planet.

9. Resource Page: Throughout your research you must include at least 3 different sources of information - 1 Print, 1 Reference and 1 Web. You must accurately cite your sources (we will learn how to do this in class and a template will be given to you for recording the necessary information). 

Due Date: Your Google presentation will be due on Friday, FEBRUARY 13th.

Other Important Information:

I will provide you with an electronic template for your google presentation. You will need to  “make a copy” of the template and save the copy as “first initial, last name planet project”. Once you have made a copy, you can begin to research. You will have class time next week (February 2nd - 6th) to complete your research and Monday & Tuesday (February 9th & 10th) to complete your presentation. Any additional time needed to will have to be done at home or at other times arranged with me. Please use the attached rubric so that you include all required information. 

During Library time you will learn how to create a resource page. Your resource page will include at least (1) print source, (1) web source and (1) reference source.

Please review this packet with your parents and have them sign below. Write down any questions you have and return to school on Tuesday, FEBRUARY 3rd.

Please cut and return the bottom portion.


                                       Planet Project

I have read the requirements of the planet project and understand what is expected of me.

Student Name: _

                            (first & last name)

Parent Signature_______________________





You will be graded on the following criteria for your planet research:

Title Page: (5 points) ___________

(Title, Name, Date & Class, Photo, Error Free)

Location: (6 points) ___________

(Location, Inner/Outer, Orbit information, Photo, Accuracy, Error Free)

Composition: (4 points) ___________

(Rocky/Gas, Details about composition, Photo, Accuracy, Error Free)

Moons & Rings: (5 points) ___________

(Moons Details, Rings Details, Photo, Accuracy, Error Free)

Unique Characteristics: (5 points) __________

(3 Unique Characteristics, Photo, Accuracy, Error Free)

Resources:  (5 points) ___________

(At least 3 different sources used – 1 print, 1 web and 1 reference, accurate/complete citation of sources, Photo, Accuracy, Error Free)

Total Points (30 points) _____________

Bibliography Recording Sheet

As you begin to research your planet, you will need to record any sources that you gather facts from. Please use the chart below to collect your information.

Source: Print (non-fiction book)

Author’s Name

(first and last)

Title of Book

(entire title)

Date of Publication



City of Publication

Source: Web

Editor, Author, or

Compiler’s name

Title (quotes)

Name of Site (italics)

Name of Institution/Organization affiliated with the site

Date of Creation

Source: Reference

Author’s Name (first and last)

(Look at end of article in small type)

Title of Article (the name you looked up)

Encyclopedia Name (the whole name)


Date of Publication

Planet Project Research 

Please complete research on your planet using books, encyclopedias, and the internet. Be sure to keep a list of any sources you use. Your research is due by Friday, February 6th.

Research and answer the following questions about your planet:

1. Planet Name: (What is the name of your planet? What did you learn about the name of your planet?)

2. Location of Planet: (Where is it located? What did you learn about its orbit? Is it an inner or outer planet?)

3. Composition of planet: (What is it made of? Is it considered a rocky planet or gas planet?)

4. Moons: (Does it have any moons? If so, what did you learn?)

5. Rings: (Does it have rings? If so, what did you learn?)

6. Unique Characteristics: (What interesting facts did you learn about your planet?) 

Google Presentation Student Guide

How to access google presentation:

1. Login to your Fowler School email. 

2. Access Google Documents through your email. (Top of the screen)

3. Click on the “Create” button and choose “Presentation”

Once you create the presentation, it will be saved in your Google Documents. You can log in to your email and open it anywhere!

How to choose a theme:

1. Choose a theme when you first create your presentation. Pick any from the list and click “ok”.

How to insert a slide:

The first slide will be a “title slide”. It will look different than the slides that come after it.

1. Click the red + in the top left of the screen. A new slide will be added.

2. If you click the arrow next to the red +, a drop down menu will appear. This gives you options to choose different options depending on what you want on the slide; like titles, text, pictures, etc.

How to insert an image:

1. Click “insert”, then on “image”.

2. A box will appear to search for images. Click “search” and type in what you want to search for. This will give you pictures to choose from. Click with picture you want and “select”.

3. To adjust the size of the picture, use the white squares on the outside of the picture.

How to insert a text box:

1.  Click “insert”, then select “text box”. 

2. A text box will appear and you can move and resize the box. 

How to change the background color:

1. Click on “slide” dropdown menu, then background. 

2. You can change the color by clicking the color you want. You can also put a picture as the background by clicking image. 

How to save:

1. All documents, presentations, etc. on Google Docs are automatically saved. 

2. You must give your document a name. Click on file name located in the top left corner of your document above “File”. A box will appear for you to type in the name of the document you would like it to be saved as.


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How to use a Planisphere

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Engineering and the Design Process

Design a cell phone:

Science Skills:
Data Collection

Energy Web Quest:

Ecosystems of the World

Ecosystems: Nature Works

Endangered Species:


Camouflage Activity:

Interactive Games:



Minerals by Name A-Z:


Solar System:  Planet Information

Check out the OLogy site: The American Museum of Natural History


   Energy Webquest-Use the following link to complete the Energy Webquest:




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