Earth's Motion Comprehensive Unit (5 Lessons, Power point, Activities & Test)

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This Unit has 5 lessons, a 91 slide power point with animations, writing prompts, task cards, centers, student learning maps, activities, and an end of unit assessment! Your kids will love this unit!

I designed all of my "space units" to go along with an interactive animated power point that will help engage your students with great visuals and opportunities for learning. Each of these five lessons has anywhere from 10 to 27 power point slides to guide you through the lesson. Each lesson also includes a 5-E style lesson plan format.

This unit comes with:
-A 91 slide animated power point divided into 5 lessons to guide your instruction with great visuals! This is not your average PPT!
-5 lesson plans (5 E Model)
-21 Question End of Unit Assessment
- Three Student Learning Maps for vocabulary acquisition
-Rotation vs. Revolution Foldable for an interactive notebook entry or as a center activity
-3 writing prompts (opinion, expository and persuasive)
-Revolution - Orbital Speed (printable/center/activity) math integrated
-Universal Weight (printable/ center/activity) math integrated
-My Universal Weight (printable/center/activity) math integrated
-Earth's Motion - Review (printable/center/test review)
-All answer keys included!

Lesson One investigates the question "How does gravity affect the motion of Earth and other Objects?" This lesson focuses gravity and truly understanding it. They will explore topics like why the penguins in the South Pole don't fall off of Earth, gravity in outer space, what keeps the planets safely in orbit around our Sun, and learn about Isaac Newton with a fun animation! Students will learn about the difference between mass and weight, and gain crucial background information about gravity that will provide a framework for the rest of the unit.

Lesson Two investigates the question "How can we show Earth's movements?" This lesson focuses on building knowledge about Earth's two major movements: rotation and revolution. They will also learn about the difference between revolution and orbit even though many people use the words interchangeably. They will also learn about Earth's axis, and how it is tilted at 23.5 degrees.

Lesson Three investigates the question "If Earth is rotating and revolving, why don't we feel like we are moving?" This lesson is necessary after the previous lesson, to help students learn about inertia of motion, and how that keeps us safely in orbit around our Sun, and exempt from really feeling our extreme velocity as we travel through space in our revolution around the Sun.

Lesson Four investigates the question "How does the movement of Earth impact our view of the Sun?" This lesson focuses mainly on rotation. It explains why you can see the Sun and the Moon moving across our sky, almost as if it is revolving around us very quickly. This lesson will help clear any notion of the prior misconception and build the students' understanding of rotation and how it causes our view of the Sun to change.

Lesson Five investigates the question "How does Earth's motion cause the changing of the seasons?" This lesson has great visuals that show students why the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are in a constant state of opposite seasons. It will also show why we experience summer and winter (no matter what hemisphere you live in.) Finally, students will learn about the equinoxes (and their many names - March equinox, September equinox, vernal and autumnal equinox, spring and fall equinox). Finally they will learn about the first day of winter and summer (the summer and winter solstice.)

Lesson 6: End of Unit Assessment: This assessment is a comprehensive assessment that covers the entire unit. The answer key is included.

Your students will love this unit! You may even learn something about earth in space and time as you teach it!

Turn off the lights and have your kids say "3-2-1 Blastoff" and they will be transported to space for your science lessons in this unit!
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Earth's Motion Comprehensive Unit (5 Lessons, Power point,
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Earth's Motion Comprehensive Unit (5 Lessons, Power point,
Earth's Motion Comprehensive Unit (5 Lessons, Power point,
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