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Objects in the Sky – Sorting Activity

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    Editable:  Google Slides

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  • Pages

    Pages:  7

  • Curriculum

    Curriculum:  TEKS

  • Grade

    Grade:  1 - 2

Determine if statements about different objects in the sky are true or false with this sorting activity.

1st and 2nd Grade Science Activity

With this downloadable resource, students will put on their thinking caps to determine if the presented information is true or false. Some of the statements on the cards include:

  • The moon is made of rock.
  • The coolest stars are red.
  • The sun is a burning ball of gas.
  • Clouds are tiny droplets of water or ice crystals.

To play, lay the header cards out on the table. Students can either independently read the cards or listen with the help of a teacher or peer. Students will then sort the cards according to if the information is true or false.

Through this activity, students will show they can determine if facts about objects in the sky are true or false.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your science lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this sorting activity to enhance learning through small groups or whole class lessons.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

If there are students in need of additional support, encourage them to complete the activity with the help of a teacher or peer. 

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For students who need an additional challenge, encourage them to draw a picture to accompany the statements that are true.

🏃 Relay Race

Divide students into two team lines and show a flashcard to the students at the front of each line. The student that determines if the fact is true or false first wins the flashcard. The team with the most flashcards at the end of the game wins!

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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