Students learn about objects in the day and night sky. Through direct observation and research, students learn about the motions and characteristics of stars, moons and planets. Using simple materials, such as balls and beads, students create models and diagrams which they use to explore the relative position and motion of objects in space. As a result of these studies, students move from a simple view of land and sky, to one that recognizes Earth as a sphere in motion within a larger universe. With new understanding, students revisit the topics of seasonal cycles, phases of the Moon and the apparent motion of stars.
Scale of the Universe
Students explore a short video explaining the scale of the Universe and how we, as humans, fit into it.
The Sun Emits Light
Students look at the difference between emitting and reflecting light. Then explore which objects in the sky are emitting or reflecting light.
Our Solar System
Students explore the different planets in our Solar System. Researching a planet of choice for a later project.
Rotation and Revolution
Students explore how the Earth translates through space, as well as why constellation move throughout the year.
Students learn how the why the sun moves across the sky and make a sundial to explore the concept.
Why Seasons Change
Students investigate why seasons change on Earth, looking at the axis of the Earth in relation to the Sun.
Students look into the Moon, its phases and orbit, and the relationship it has with the Earth.