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Spaceship Earth

Sun, Moon, Stars, & Planets

4th Grade, 5th Grade

NGSS Standards covered: 5-ESS1-2 , 5-ESS1-1 , 5-PS2-1
This astronomy unit helps students develop a new perspective on the world they’re standing on. They will be given evidence that the Earth beneath our feet is actually moving through space, both spinning on its axis, and traveling in a great orbit around the Sun. They will see how these movements account for the patterns we see in our sky (the paths of our Sun across the sky, the changing seasons, and the changing constellations). Accompanying us on this journey are the Moon and planets, which the students will observe have their own patterns of movement in the sky. Throughout this investigation students will engage in actual and simulated observations of the sky, and they will engage in the process of inquiry: beginning with observations, debating a range of possible causes, and reasoning to possible conclusions. Less
  1. Lessons
  2. Activity Prep
  3. Assessments

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

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Spinning Earth (30 min)
Extras (1.8 hrs)

Mystery 2: Earth's Rotation & Time

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Make a Shadow Clock (25 min)
Extras (1.5 hrs)

Mystery 3: Seasonal Changes & Sun's Path

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Guess the Season (25 min)
Extras (1 hr)

Mystery 4: Seasons & Earth's Revolution

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Universe-in-a-Box (25 min)
Extras (4 hrs)

Mystery 5: Moon Phases, Lunar Cycle

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Model the Moon's Phases (25 min)
Extras (1.5 hrs)

Mystery 6: Planets & Solar System

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Running to Neptune (25 min)
Extras (2.8 hrs)

Mystery 7: Gravity

Exploration (15 min)
Activity: Gravity Jump (45 min)
Extras (2.3 hrs)

Mystery 8: Star Brightness & Habitable Planets

Exploration (30 min)
Activity: Star Explorer (30 min)
Extras (2.3 hrs)