Tour of the Solar System is a PowerPoint presentation of 47 colorful,
informative slides that teach about our wonderful solar system.
Upon purchase, you receive a link with which to download and save
the PowerPoint presentation to your computer, meaning you are able
to view the slideshow as many times as you like, as long as your
computer has PowerPoint capabilities.
The slideshow can be viewed in one class period, or used over
the course of a week using the lesson plan provided. The author
suggests using it to supplement lessons you are already teaching
about the Solar System, or as a replacement for less-exciting textbook
lessons. My opinion is that it cannot really stand on its own as
a complete study, but definitely makes a nice supplement.
Starting with space exploration and moving through each part of
the solar system, the slides include clear, bright, and beautiful
pictures and illustrations. Each slide utilizes bullet points to
teach pertinent factual information about each topic. The facts
are very interesting and will likely excite upper elementary and
middle school students, but they are not comprehensive. In other
words, you don't learn everything about Jupiter on the slides about
Jupiter. Instead, you learn several very interesting facts.
In the end, there is a slide that includes eleven test questions
based on the information from the presentation. Twelve discussion
questions with answers are also included, as well as a few additional
cross-curricular activity suggestions.
The tour is neither Christian nor non-Christian. There is no mention
of God's handiwork in the creation of our solar system, but there
is no evolutionary content either. Everything is simply factual,
without a viewpoint about how it was created or is maintained.
Since the format is a PowerPoint presentation, it would be quite
easy to incorporate Tour of the Solar System into a co-op class
about astronomy. The unique, multimedia content will be an attention-grabber
no matter how many students you are teaching.