Power Rangers, Jetsons, and Ninja Turtles are familiar icons in our students' lives. Space is a familiar frontier in the television and movie industries and has peaked the interests of many students. This unit is designed to capture, harness, and explore this interest in space through questioning, experimentation, and observation.
BEYOND PLANET EARTH is a multisensory thematic unit which will introduce and explore the solar system. While this unit is intended for students with special needs, early primary teachers in grades PreK through second grade may find this information appropriate for their students. BEYOND PLANET EARTH will integrate all curriculum areas around the common theme of our solar system. This unit will provide the background knowledge necessary to plan lessons in a variety of curriculum areas. In addition teaching methodology, sample lesson plans, and a bibliography with children's literature and educational resources to support the classroom teacher will also be included. Also, recommendations for adjusting the level of difficulty of classroom assignments as well as alternative methods for assessing students with special needs will be included.