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Spaceship Earth

Stars & the Solar System

4th Grade, 5th Grade

NGSS Standards covered: 5-ESS1-2 , 5-ESS1-1 , 5-PS2-1
In this unit, students explore the Earth, Sun, Moon, and stars using observations of shadows and changing patterns in the sky. Students also explore the planets of our Solar System and begin to consider what might lie beyond. Less
  1. Lessons
  2. Activity Prep
  3. Assessments
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This 3-dimensional summative assessment includes a variety of visual cues and question prompts (multiple-choice, true/false, short answer). It should take 30-40 minutes for a student to complete.

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For your reference, these are all the assessments included at the end of each Mystery from this unit:

Lesson 1: Day, Night, & Earth's Rotation

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Lesson 2: Earth's Rotation & Daily Shadow Patterns

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Lesson 3: Seasonal Changes & Shadow Length

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Lesson 4: Seasonal Patterns & Earth's Orbit

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Lesson 5: Moon Phases, Lunar Cycle

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Lesson 6: Planets & Solar System

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Lesson 7: Gravity

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Lesson 8: Star Brightness & Habitable Planets

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