Mrs. O'Leary

Biology II (Grade 11/12)

Planets: Compare and Contrast

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Layered Curriculum Lesson Plan Form 

Teacher: Mrs. O'Leary
Subject: Biology II (Grade 11/12)
Unit of instruction: Planets: Compare and Contrast
Implementation dates: October 15-19 2012
Objective 1: Compare the planets in terms of orbit, size, composition, rotation, atmosphere, natural satellites, and geological activity;
Objective 2: recognize the advancement of knowledge in astronomy through robotics space flight;
Objective 3: demonstrate an awareness of new developments and discoveries in astronomy.

Items marked by an asterisk (*) are mandatory for all students.  

Curriculum Layers Student Unit Learning Activities Point Value
"C" Layer:  

General knowledge, understanding, and comprehension of concepts 

71-79 points 

(move on to layer "b" when you reach 75 points)

*1. Listen to daily lecture

*2. Define key terms on page 100 of the textbook; create flashcards, booklet, list, or use words in sentences.

3. Complete chapter 3 study questions (#1,3,4,6)

4. Label "Planets" diagram (available by request)

5. Take Cornell notes throughout each lecture

6. 30 minutes of guided peer tutoring

7. Complete blue "Life on Mars?" worksheet

8. Complete workbook pages 37-40 (skip part 2 on page 38)

9. Watch "Planets" short film and answer worksheet questions

10. Play "Planetary Jeopardy" with classmates

11. Complete Planets practice test

12. Choose 5 bonus words from chapter 3 to define

13. Write 3 paragraphs explaining why there is currently no liquid water on Mars

14. Create one flashcard for each planet. Include: rotation, composition, orbit, size, and atmosphere.

15. Create and label a diagram of a planet of your choice with at least 20 parts

16. Create a detailed diorama of a natural satellite and present it to the class.





















"B" Layer: 

Application of "C" layer knowledge 

80-89 points

1. Complete the "Try It" activity on page 98 of the textbook

2. Research the two minerals found on Mars and explain their importance in at least one page. Use at least two reputable sources.

3. Complete the "Activity" section on page 42 of your workbook 

10 points each 

Choose 1 

"A" Layer: 

Synthesis and evaluation of "A" and "B" information 

90-100 points

1. Could life on any other planets ever be possible? Why or why not? Provide a detailed explanation.

2. Was the Mars rover "Curiosity" the best design possible for what researchers set out to explore? Why or why not? If not, how could future exploration be improved?

3. What is a key piece of information about one of the planets that researchers have not yet discovered? Why is this important? 

15 points each 

Choose 1