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What's Up? Astronomy Curriculum
Learners study astronomy. In preparation for a field trip to a planetarium, students discuss the stars, planets, and light. They explore the importance of the north star and constellations. The Digitarium system is used to assist the learners in viewing the moon when a planet is visible shortly after sunset.
Students model the motions of the Earth-Moon-Sun system to explain moon phases; examine the relationship between the movement of the Earth and the illumination of the Moon; and explore selected Web sites to research the Moon phases and the Moon.
Moon Phases - Finally Making Sense of Them
Students investigate the different phases of the moon. In this lunar cycle lesson, students create models of the sun, earth and moon and investigate why we observe the moon the way we do. Students observe a PowerPoint presentation about the moon and complete a worksheet as well.
How Big Are Earth, Sun, and Moon?
Third graders draw what they believe is in space on a dry erase board. In groups, they are given a beaker half filled with water and they add a teaspoon of oil, observing the different layers that form. To end the lesson, they identify the location of the sun and planets in the solar system and determine how big each one is compared to another.
How Big is the Sun? Exploring the Size and Scale of the Sun, Earth and Moon
Learners explore the relative sizes of the Sun, Earth and Moon as they make an impressive large-scale model for classroom use throughout the unit.
The Earth-Sun-Moon System
Third graders construct a model of the earth-sun-moon system using students as the sun, moon, and earth. They discuss ways that time is related to the movement of the earth and moon.
Students explore the relationship between the earth, sun, and moon in our solar system. They create a moonrise/moonset chart, perform a dance that models the moon phases, and create a Styrofoam model of the moon's surface.
Shoot for the Moon
Second graders distinguish the different phases of the moon. In this astronomy instructional activity, 2nd graders study the history of its discovery and myths about its origin. They simulate how the moon's surface is illuminated by the sun.
I'm Being Followed By a Moonshadow
Young scholars explore solar and lunar eclipses and how the sun, Earth, and moon cause them.
Adding the Moon: Using a Classroom Model to Explore the Movement of the Sun, Earth, and Moon
Students observe and discuss motions of the Earth and the Moon as they spin and orbit the Sun.
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