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Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) addressed in this packet:
Grade 1: SPACE SYSTEMS: PATTERNS and CYCLES
Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
This packet addresses the patterns of the sun: sunrise and sunset. It does not address moon and star patterns. For moon patterns, please click here to see my moon packet The Moon
Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. There is only ONE worksheet in this packet that addresses this standard. Students record sunrise and sunset times to see when the days are longest/shortest.
From A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Grade Band Endpoint for ESS1.A: By the end of grade 2, students should know that patterns of the motion of the sun, moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, and predicted. At night one can see the light coming from many stars with the naked eye, but telescopes make it possible to see many more and to observe them and the moon and planets in greater detail.
What is the sun? Why does it rise and set in different locations of the sky? Why do we have the seasons? Teach your students all about the earth’s rotation and revolution with this fun packet! Packet includes:
-4 slides on the sun, stars in the night sky, Hubble Space Telescope. I project these onto my classroom whiteboard to begin our discussion of the sun and the earth.
- 7 slides explaining in a kid-friendly way the Earth’s axis, rotation, and why we have day and night
-2 student worksheets: color Earth’s axis, show day and night
-8 slides showing sunrise and sunset – show your students where the sun rises and have them predict where the sun will set, they will be able to see the pattern
-student worksheet – where does the sun rise and set at your home?
-student worksheet- fill in the sunrise time and sunset time so we can see when days are longer
- 4 slides on why we have the seasons and Earth’s revolution
-student worksheet: label the 4 seasons (shows Earth’s revolution)
-craftivity: Earth revolves around the sun, you will need one metal brad per student for this
-craftivity – how many times have you been around the sun? On your next birthday, how many times will you have traveled around the sun? (see photo)
I just finished doing this packet with my first graders and they loved it! This makes it easy to understand how Earth’s movement is what is causing day and night as well as the seasons.
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