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This unit is designed to lead students through the Next Generation Science Standards for 5th grade. This packet focuses on Space Systems: Stars and the Solar System and The Next Generation Science Standard:
5-ESS1-2. Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
The unit is purposefully written to give teachers the ability to introduce and change as they feel would be best for their teaching style and student ability. As written, the unit collaborates with three other classrooms to collect data. Two separate experiments will also be conducted at the same time. This allows students to gain more data and to make connections to how the two experiments relate.
You may want to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy: Earth’s Seasons, produced by Disney, to introduce the unit.
A rubric for the experiment is provided as well.
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