This unit aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
"STANDARD 8 - The Universe and Practices of Science.
The competent science teacher understands and applies accepted practices and implications of science in contemporary and historical contexts.
8A. understands the properties and dynamic nature of the solar system.
8D. observes, describes, and explains the relative and apparent motions of objects in the sky.
8G. demonstrates the ability to use instruments or to explain functions of the technologies and tools used in the study of the space sciences."
Unit XII “Planet Earth and the Moon” contains three comprehensive PowerPoint lessons; two review programs with printable color PDF worksheets; three student PPT note guides and other activities; quizzes and a unit assessment (Word and PDF) with answer keys.
PowerPoint lessons contain many graphics and at least two links to short videos to further student understanding.
PowerPoint slides also contain notes for the instructor based on students most "frequently asked questions" or FAQ's to help clarify the subject.
A class activity is included at the end of each lesson and a 20-question interactive quiz/review at kahoot.it is also included as a link in the last slide.
An Internet activity or "webquest" has been added as a unit review along with a video from the Discovery Channel "What if Earth Had No Moon?" A youtube link is provided in the worksheet if the DVD or video tape is not available.
All lessons/programs (not assessments) can also be found separately in the AstronomyDad store.
Terms/concepts in the unit include:
Earth, spherical shape, equator, hemisphere, Aristotle, satellites, astronauts, axis, rotation, spin, revolution, orbit, magnetic field, solar radiation, compass, geographic north, magnetic north, elliptical orbit, seasons, Earth's tilt, sunlight angle, latitude, poles, summer solstice, winter solstice, equinoxes, Moon, Moon phases, full moon, new moon, first quarter, third quarter, waxing, waning, lunar cycle, eclipses, solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, perigee, apogee, umbra, penumbra, Moon size, Moon rocks, Moon surface features, craters, impact basins, maria, highlands, Mare Imbrium, rilles, lunar dust, lunar ice, Moon base, Moon crust, Moon interior, Moon origins, sister theory, capture theory, daughter theory, impact theory, Luna-3, lunar far-side, Ranger missions, Surveyor missions, Apollo missions, Apollo 11, internal structure, Clementine mission, lunar ice, Lunar Prospector, LCROSS, Moon colony, LADEE, Moon Express, Helium-3, Moon mining, Orion MPCV, Mars landing
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