Earth’s Place in Space (50-90 minutes)
Essential Question: How is Earth just one part of a larger system?
Learning Target: Today we will learn how Earth fits into our much larger universe.
Success Criteria: I can explain how Earth is just one part of a larger system.
Vocabulary: planet, stars, planetary system, galaxy, galaxy cluster, universe, habitable zone (additional: Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, Local Group)
This 5E lesson is part of a larger unit I am working on to address the following NGSS. This first lesson builds background information on the relationship between our planet and the planets, stars, and galaxies that surround it. Please check back for additional lessons - or to download the completed bundle when it becomes available! (Discounts will be available for those who have purchased the lessons individually).
HS-ESS1-1. Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation.
HS-ESS1-3. Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements.
Prior Knowledge Probe: Characteristics of Stars and Planets (Semantic Feature Analysis)
Engagement: Barometer “Are We Alone Out Here?”
Exploration: My Place In Space Sort (Printable Vocabulary Cards)
Explanation: Interactive Notebook Page Template and Informational Text Guided Reading
Elaboration: Space Science Current Events Analysis Worksheet “Earth, One Planet Among Many?”
Evaluation: Vocabulary Quiz/Success Criteria Prompt
Exit Slip: Question
Homework: Vocabulary Flashcards