Earth-Sun-Moon System

Earth-Sun-Moon System
Students will observe the locations and real or apparent movements of the sun and the moon
Students will investigate evidence of interaction between the sun and the Earth (e.g., shadows,
position of sun relative to horizon) to support inferences about movements in the Earth/Sun
Students will explore, design and evaluate a number of models (e.g., physical, analogous,
conceptual) of Earth-Sun and Earth-Sun-Moon systems for benefits, limitations and accuracy
(e.g., scale, proportional relationships)
Students will analyze and interpret information from a variety of sources (e.g., print based,
models, video) to construct reasonable explanations from direct and indirect evidence
Students will use a variety of models and graphic representations to obtain and organize data in
order to compare the major components of our solar system
Students will explain why scale models are important tools for understanding a number of
phenomena (e.g., solar system, watersheds, earth’s atmosphere) but are not always easy to
construct or require trade-offs in other aspects of the model (e.g. distance vs. size)
Students will investigate, create and identify the limitations of models which can be used to
substantiate and predict the actual results (e.g. moon phases, seasons, eclipses) of the
interactions of the sun, moon and Earth
Students will research how the laws of motion have been (and are still) used to make
predictions about the movement of planets and satellites
Students will describe the effects of gravity on the movements and interactions of the Earth,
sun and moon
Students will investigate the structure of the galaxy and the Earth’s place within it
Students will discuss and identify the strengths and limitations of a variety of physical and
conceptual scientific models
Students will investigate, describe and document patterns of interaction of matter and gravity
Students will explain the role of gravity in the formation and function of the universe
Students will explore real-life implications of current findings in Earth/space research and
communicate findings in an authentic form, exemplifying the traits of curiosity, honesty,
openness and skepticism
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