This product helps students to better understand:
- Earth's place in the universe;
- Earth's orbit and rotation movements;
- The Moon's orbit around Earth;
- The existence of seasons, day and night and other patterns;
- The occurrence of solar and lunar eclipses;
- The phases of the Moon;
- The apparent movement of the sun.
It provides suggestions for research projects and great science fair ideas.
It also has a great collection of pictures that will amaze your students.
5-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe:
ESS1.A: The Universe and its Stars
- The sun is a star that appears larger and brighter than other stars because it is closer. Stars range greatly in their distance from Earth. (5-ESS1-1) ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
- The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year. (5-ESS1-2)
MS-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe:
ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
- Patterns of the apparent motion of the sun, the moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, predicted, and explained with models. (MS-ESS1-1)
- Earth and its solar system are part of the Milky Way galaxy, which is one of many galaxies in the universe. (MS-ESS1-2)
ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
- This model of the solar system can explain eclipses of the sun and the moon. Earth’s spin axis is fixed in direction over the short-term but tilted relative to its orbit around the sun. The seasons are a result of that tilt and are caused by the differential intensity of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year. (MS-ESS1-1)
Other Earth and Universe resources:
Earth’s Systems (NGSS)
Earth’s Systems Worksheets
Earth's Place in the Universe Worksheets (NGSS: Grades 1-5)
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