What is your plan for having students create podcasts in the classroom? The Cosmosphere has many, many opportunities for podcasting. Choose a topic that fits nicely with your grade level curriculum and complete a lesson plan for your activity with the podcast as the culminating project or as the assessment piece.
Here's a sample of a simple lesson plan to use for your podcast. Please include each category in your lesson plan (clever title, essential question(s), unit questions, overview, etc.)

“Opposites Attract”

a science lesson for 2nd Grade
created by Mary Frazier

Essential Question
• What is magnetic and what isn’t?

Unit Questions
• What do magnets attract?
• What is repel?
• What is attract?
• What are the poles of a magnet and how do they react to each other?
• How are magnets used in everyday life?

Lesson Overview
Title: “Opposites Attract”
Subject: Science
Grade Level: 2nd grade
Kansas State Standard: 2nd Science

Lesson Summary: Students will predict what will be attracted to magnets. They will test materials using various types of magnets. Students will sort objects that are attracted to magnets and those that aren’t. Students will compare the poles of magnets, Students will take photos of magnets used in their homes.

Teacher’s Digital Kit:
1. Keynote presentation embedded with Discovery Streaming videos.
2. Discovery Streaming video. (“Magnets and Electricity”’; “Magnets: A First Look”; “Magnetism from Junior Electrician”)
3. Magnets Millionaire Games http://www.quia.com/rr/42166.html http://www.quia.com/rr/145580.html
4. Magnets & Springs http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/physical_processes.shtml
5. Study Guide: http://www.pwcs.edu/bennett/Magnets.htm
6. Lesson Plan: http://www.coreknowledge.org/CK/resrcs/lessons/298AmazingMags.htm
7. AIMS Materials: “Discovery Bottle”, “Face to Face”, “Hungry Hounds” These can be downloaded from the AIMS website. http://www.aimsedu.org/


Assessment: Each student will create a Keynote presentation (or VoiceThread, iPhoto book, etc.) demonstrating their knowledge of the answers to the unit questions.