Sun, Moon, and Planets

The Sun, Moon, and Planets Module focuses on Earth's place in the solar system. Students collect and analyze shadow data. Students make and interpret a model of the Earth, Moon, and Sun system as well as observe changes in the Moon's appearance over time.

Students will:

  • Observe and compare shadows during a school day.
  • Relate the position of the Sun in the sky to the size and orientation of an object's shadow.
  • Use celestial models to explain day and night.
  • Observe and record changes in the Moon's appearance every day for a month.
  • Analyze observational data to discover the sequence of changes that occur during the Moon's phase cycle.
  • Make and interpret a model of the Earth, Moon, and Sun system.
  • Record and display the organization of the solar system graphically.
  • Identify several constellations as stable, predictable patterns of stars.
  • Use models to build explanations.
  • Use tools to collect and analyze data to develop logical conclusions about planetary objects in the sky.

Investigations:

  • Investigation 1: Sun and Earth
  • Investigation 2: Earth's Moon
  • Investigation 3: Solar System
  • Investigation 4: Patterns in the Sky

A Complete Kit includes:

  • Investigations Guide
  • Teacher Resources
  • 32 Science Resource books
  • Nonconsumable equipment
  • Consumable materials for two class uses

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