Here are the skills addressed in this unit: Eclipse and Patterns of the Sun, Moon, and Earth
Realize the Sun is our nearest star and that it’s position seems to change throughout the day
Observe and make data on the Sun’s position throughout the day
Make observations of changes in the Moon’s appearance over time
Draw and record changes in the Moon over time
Analyze patterns, relationships, relative movements among the Earth, Moon, and Stars
Develop an explanation for the phases of the moon and for lunar and solar eclipes
Organize the order of the moon phases in the correct sequence
Infer that the moon’s phases are caused by the revolution of the Earth
Each topic of study includes an anchor poster, reading passage and vocabulary activities. The lessons can be taught as a whole group, with a small group or as individual activities. The teacher can choose to hit on concepts previously learned for review, or to use the reading passages to challenge students ready to move on to a tougher concept.
The grade level standards are in line with 2nd-4th grade. Each concept builds on the other, which makes it easy to teach to multiple age levels. It is a relief to know that ALL of the space standards are covered for kids ages 2nd to 4th grade. These lessons can be used as a whole curriculum for your space lessons, or can be used to supplement your current curriculum.
This packet includes:
lap booking activity
vocabulary note booking activity
phases of the moon sequence wheel activity
Sun and Moon observation and charting activities
This is one of those packets I created to use with the eclipse coming up in August. I went ahead and included all of the standards for space to create one whole science unit.
I began by using the anchor posters to teach and understand the concepts before completing the activities. The students create their own anchor posters in their reading journals. They will use their journals to help them work through the activities in the packet.