Earth, Moon, and Sun
These resources are loaded with good stuff that can be explored:
Interactive Sites for Education: Earth, Moon, Sun: http://interactivesites.weebly.com/earth-moon-and-sun.html
Scholastic Study Jams: http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/index.htm Choose Solar System
Teacher Resource: http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2006/educators/lp_k5.php
Promethean Planet: Smithsonian Education- Intro to the Universe http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/common/WebLink.aspx

Day
GLEC
Essential Questions
Activity
Resources
Overview
E.ST.E.1
Characteristics of Objects in the Sky – Common objects in the sky have observable characteristics.
What are the characteristic of the common objects found in the sky?
PowerPoint: The Sun, Moon, and Earth(Can be used as an introduction, a guide throughout the unit, and/or a summation of the unit)
PowerPoint Slide Show: The Sun, Moon, and Earth
http://ladd14.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/SUN%2CMOON%2C+%26+EARTH

Solar System Models
http://www.kidsastronomy.com/solar_system.htm
Good visual of the movement of the planets. Do note that the relative distances of the planets are incorrect so that the Solar System fits on the screen.
http://jrgraphix.net/research/flash_sol.php
Relative distances are more accurate with this model.

Overview: Discovery Education: Video:http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/4E68D9A0-1C88-49AB-AA83-BFAAE45DEE36
Day 1
E.ST.04.11
Identify the sun and moon as common objects in the sky.

  • KWL: Sun, Moon, Earth
  • Anticipatory Guide


Watch the video and ipad app & notice the following:
Video- Discovery Education- A Closer Look at Space: Earth http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/49276C84-A1CA-45AD-845A-FFD65E99723F

iPad App: Planets http://interactivesites.weebly.com/earth-moon-and-sun.html
  • Sky 2D shows the current location of the sun and moon in the sky
  • Sky 3D shows the current location of objects in the sky as you look at them, including planets and stars
  • Visibility shows when the object will be visible to your eyes
  • Globe shows the current amount of daylight at your location
Days 2-5
E.ST.04.12
Compare and contrast the characteristics of the sun, moon, and Earth, including relative distances and abilities to support life.
What are the characteristics of the sun, earth, and earth’s moon?
Media Center Books on Sun, Moon & Earth

SIRS- Articles on Sun, Moon & Earth

World Book for Kids

Graphic Organizer: Compare and Contrast the Sun, Moon, & Earth
Graphic Organizer: Compare and Contrast the Sun, Moon, & Earth
Students can use these links to find information for their graphic organizer:
http://interactivesites.weebly.com/earth-moon-and-sun.html
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/index.htm Choose Solar System
http://ladd10.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Sun%2C+Moon+%26+Earth+Resource+Page
Video: Bill Nye the Science Guy: Planets (Episode 41)
http://tinyurl.com/nzxpsk4

Music Video: Why Does the Sun Shine? By the band “They Might be Giants” YouTube

District Owned DVD’s: Sun, Moon & Earth
Overview
E.ST.E.2
Patterns of Objects in the sky – Common objects in the sky have observable characteristics and predictable patterns of movement.
How are the apparent movements of the sun, earth, and earth’s moon observed on this planet?

How can we model the actual movements of the sun, earth, and earth’s moon?
PowerPoint: The Sun, Moon, and Earth (Can be used as an introduction, a guide throughout the unit, and/or a summation of the unit)
PowerPoint: The Sun, Moon, and Earth
http://ladd14.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/SUN%2CMOON%2C+%26+EARTH

Discovery Education Video: Exploring Astronomy- http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/4E68D9A0-1C88-49AB-AA83-BFAAE45DEE36
Day 6
E.ST.04.21
Describe the orbit of the Earth around the sun as it defines a year.
How are the apparent movements of the sun, earth, and earth’s moon related to our calendar?
Students build and use paper plate model of the sun, moon, and Earth.

Kids can role play this motion on the playground.
Promethean Planet: Sun, Moon, Earth Flipchart http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/Resources/Item/36764/earth-moon-and-sun#.VOgNJSxEWiA

external image placeholder?w=200&h=104Enchanted Learning:
external image placeholder?w=200&h=104http://www.enchantedlearnig.com/crafts/astronomy/sunearthmoon/ or http://easypreschoolcraft.blogspot.com/2011/11/sun-earth-moon-model-craft.html

Online resource: Practice with this online resource
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities/earthsunmoon.html

Flipchart: Earth’s Rotation & Revolution
Day 7
E.ST.04.22
Explain that the spin of the Earth creates day and night.
What causes day & night?
Simulation of day and night using globe & flashlight

Kids can model this motion.
http://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es0404/es0404page01.cfm?chapter_no=visualization

Scholastic Study James: Solar System: “A Day on Earth”
http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/index.htm
Day 8
E.ST.04.23
Describe the motion of the moon around the Earth.
How does the moon move around the earth?
Students use paper plate model of the sun, moon, and Earth.

Kids can model this motion.
Enchanted Learning:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/astronomy/sunearthmoon/
Video: Bill Nye the Science Guy and the Moon
Found on YouTube. Covers phases of the moon. Stop at 9:30 http://tinyurl.com/llabryr

Flipchart: Position & Motion of Objects in the Sky
Day 9
E.ST.04.24
Explain how the visible shape of the moon follows a predictable cycle, which takes approximately a month.
What causes the apparent different patterns in the moon?
Students can use quarter sheets of black paper & chalk to draw phases of the moon
Five moon activities to help understand moon phases
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2012/09/five-moon-activities-for-kids.html

Students use paper plate model of the sun, moon, and Earth.
Moon Phase Demonstration
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=123

Flipchart: Moon Phase Quiz
iPad App: Moon

Book- The Moon Seems to Change- Franklyn M. Branley

Five moon activities to help understand moon phases
http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2012/09/five-moon-activities-for-kids.html

Enchanted Learning:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/astronomy/sunearthmoon/
Day 10
E.ST.04.25
Describe the apparent movement of the sun and moon across the sky through day/night and the seasons.
What causes the seasons?
Role play the movement of the sun (modeled with a yellow or orange ball—can buy at Kroger); moon (softball); and the earth (globe—keeping tilt always pointing the same).

Students use paper plate model of the sun, moon, and Earth.
Day Night Demonstrator
http://interactivesites.weebly.com/earth-moon-and-sun.html
Seasons of the Earth
Book: Reasons for the Seasons- Gail Gibbons
Flipchart: Seasons Clicker Quiz

Video on Discovery Education: Exploring Astronomy
http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/4E68D9A0-1C88-49AB-AA83-BFAAE45DEE36

http://esminfo.prenhall.com/science/geoanimations/animations/01_EarthSun_E2.html

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/graphics/weather/gra/gseasons/frame.htm
Click Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer to show the movement of the tilted Earth.

http://esminfo.prenhall.com/science/geoanimations/animations/01_EarthSun_E2.html
http://www.mathsisfun.com/earth-orbit.html
Flipcharts created yt Mary Beth Pardington- Bev. Elem 2014-2015

Unit Vocabulary:
Critically Important – State Assessable
Instructionally Useful
Earth
sun
moon
star
observe
reflect
ability to support life
produce light
breathable atmosphere
revolution
orbit
rotation
Earth’s axis
phases of the moon
day
night
cycle
seasons
year
natural satellite
relative distance
capable
visible shape
predictable cycle
apparent movement
seasonal change
sun’s position
planet
relative position
solar system
compare
contrast
approximately
Instruments, Measurements, Representations

temperature thermometer Celsius

MEAP-like practice questions formally released items from Oakland Schools.

S.IP.04.11
Your teacher asked you to look at the moon for a few minutes a day for 5 days. Which sentence is an observation you may make from this lesson?

A. The moon circles the Earth.

B. The moon spins as it travels.

C. The moon has a different shape every day.

D. The moon can be out during the summer or winter.

E.ST.04.11
There are many stars larger than our Sun. Why does the Sun appear to be larger than all the other stars?

A. The sun is the hottest star.

B. The sun is the brightest star.

C. The sun is closer to Earth than other stars.

D. The sun is the only star in the Milky Way Galaxy.

E.ST.04.11
Why does the Sun appear larger than other stars?

A. The Earth is small

B. The Sun is very bright.

C. The Sun is the largest star

D. The Sun is the closest star to Earth.



E.ST.04.12
Why do the Sun and Moon appear to be the same size?

A. The Sun is our closest star.

B. The Earth is tilted away from the sun.

C. The Sun and Moon are about the same size.

D. The Sun is farther than the moon away from Earth.



E.ST.04.12
Which is a natural satellite of the Earth?

A. Sun

B. Star

C. Moon

D. Planet


E.ST.04.12
Which of the following objects is capable of producing its own light?

A. Sun

B. Moon

C. Earth

D. Planet






E.ST.04.21
About how long does it take for the Earth to make one orbit around the sun?
A. 7 days

B. 28 days

C. 180 days

D. 365 days



E.ST.04.22
What causes the Sun to rise and set every day?

A. Orbit of the Earth

B. Rotation of the Earth

C. Revolution of the Earth

D. Apparent movement of the Earth





E.ST.04.22
Which event causes the Earth to have day and night?

A. The Earth rotates on its axis.

B. The moon blocks the sun at night.

C. The revolution of the Earth around the sun.

D. The sun orbiting the Earth.



E.ST.04.22
How long does the Earth take to make one rotation?

A. One day

B. One year

C. One month

D. One week




E.ST.04.22
The Earth spins on its axis. What does the term axis mean?

A. The motion the Earth makes in one day.

B. The path that the Earth takes around the Sun.

C. An imaginary line around which the Earth turns.

D. A metal bar passing through the poles of the Earth.



E.ST.04.23
Why does the same side of the moon always face the earth?

A. The moon does not rotate as it revolves around the earth.

B. The moon rotates at the same speed as the earth.

C. The moon rotates slower than the earth rotates.

D. The moon takes the same amount of time to rotate and revolve.




E.ST.04.23
How often does the moon make one complete orbit around the Earth?

A. Once a day

B. Once a year

C. Once a week

D. Once a month


E.ST.04.23
The Sun and stars appear to move in the sky from east to west. What is responsible for that movement?

A. The Earth revolves around the sun.

B. The Earth rotates counter clockwise.

C. The Sun and stars rotate on their axis.

D. The Sun and stars move from east to west.





E.ST.04.24
Which phase of the moon is missing from this sequence?

New moon, Waxing crescent, Waxing gibbous, Full moon...


A. First quarter

B. Last quarter

C. Waning gibbous

D. Waning crescent


E.ST.04.24
You are planning a camping trip. You want as much natural light as possible each night. There will be a new moon on February 5 and a full moon on February 19. Assuming every night during February will have no clouds, which 5 days would be best for your camping trip?

A. February 6 – 10

B. February 15 – 19

C. February 17 – 21

D. February 19 – 23

E.ST.04.24
What phase is the moon in when it is not visible from Earth?

A. New

B. Full

C. Quarter

D. Crescent



E.ST.04.25
A class was keeping a record of where the sun was in the sky at 12:00 noon. They observed the sun getting higher in the sky each day. What event would come next on the school’s calendar?

A. Thanksgiving.

B. Winter break.

C. New school year

D. Summer vacation.






E.ST.04.25
What path does the Sun travel along as it appears to move through the sky?

A. East to West

B. Left to Right

C. North to South

D. Up to Down