A lab experiment exploring how the Jupiter's four largest moons orbit that planet as seen from Earth. Designed for students and optimized for teachers, this lab will engage and fascinate students. Scaffolded writing prompts allow students of different abilities to engage with the same content. What was Galileo’s historic discovery and why was it such a departure? How could he tell the difference between starts, planets, and moons when they all appear as tiny dots of light? Watch your students become scientists as they dig into these intriguing questions.
By starting with the scientific phenomena, you'll be intrigued and excited to dig deeper into the why’s and how’s of each scientific concept. Beautifully illustrated and well laid out, these lab activities are easy to use from the very first page. Experiments are clearly organized and written to the student so they do not need to be pre-digested by a teacher before beginning. Helpful tips throughout the experiments and the Teacher Notes leave the reader in no doubt about how to perform or understand an experiment.
Both the teacher and the student are addressed so no additional books are needed. Engaging Science Labs are useful for classroom or homeschool environments.
Science and Engineering Practices
• Develop and/or use a model to predict and/or describe phenomena. Develop and/or revise a model to show the relationships among variables, including those that are not observable but predict observable phenomena.
Crosscutting Concepts 4. Systems and System Models:
• Time, space, and energy phenomena can be observed at various scales using models to study systems that are too large…
• Models can be used to represent systems and their interactions
Virginia VA SOL
ES.3 The student will investigate and understand the characteristics of Earth and the solar system. Key concepts include
c) characteristics of the planets and their moons
Texas TEKS Grade 6
Earth and space. (11) Earth and space. The student understands the organization of our solar system and the relationships among the various bodies that comprise it. The student is expected to:
(A) describe the locations and movements of the Galilean moons
• Jupiter’s moon’s apparent positions change from night to night.
• Jovian moons have different orbital periods.
• Galileo discovered four moons of Jupiter by studying their movements on subsequent nights.
assorted sizes of balls, digital camera, small bowl, string, tape
Extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to.
The lab activity will take at least 30 minutes
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting
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