Explories: DARK - an NGSS Unit on the Sky

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    Description

    Welcome to DARK. This is an NGSS unit that integrates a storyline and projects with existing Kesler Science inquiry labs, station labs, and 5E Lessons. In this unit, students will join and assist the fictitious Amateur Astronomers’ Conservation Society, exploring the relationships between the Sun, Moon, and Earth, and evaluating changes that will affect our future atmosphere

    Unit Introduction Script:

    "Think about the sky for a moment.  Do you picture a clear blue day with white puffy clouds?  Or a nighttime view full of sparkling stars?  Have you ever really thought about the importance of our sky?


    You’re in luck!  You’ve been given a chance to “expand your horizons.”  Your class has been invited to join the Amateur Astronomers’ Conservation Society.   


    To complete your membership, you will first complete a specialized model of the Sun, Earth, and Moon’s relationship in space.  Then, once you are a full member, you will help other members of the society investigate eclipses, reduce nighttime light pollution, and study the effects of atmospheric changes on our environment.


    You’re about to experience the sky in a whole new way.  


    Don’t be afraid of the DARK!"

    Included in this Unit:

    - unit overview

    - day-by-day teacher instructions

    - four unit projects

    - five station labs

    - six inquiry labs

    - five 5E lessons

    - student activity pages

    - project-based and traditional assessments

    - rubrics for feedback and standards-based grading

    - journaling/synthesis activities

    - two training videos that teach you how to use the files

    NGSS Standards:

    • MS-ESS 3-4 - Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
    • MS-ESS3-4 - Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
    • MS-ESS 3-5 - Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

    List of Additional Files Included with this Unit:

    Station Labs

    • Seasons Rotation and Revolution Station Lab
    • Lunar Cycle Station Lab
    • Eclipses Station Lab
    • Atmosphere Station Lab
    • Visible Light Station Lab

    Inquiry Labs

    • Seasons Rotation and Revolution Inquiry Lab
    • Lunar Phases Inquiry Lab
    • Eclipses Inquiry Lab
    • Atmosphere Inquiry Lab
    • Human Impact on Natural Resources Inquiry Lab
    • Greenhouse Effect Inquiry Lab

    5E Notes/INB Templates

    • Seasons
    • Lunar Phases
    • Eclipses
    • Atmosphere
    • Short- and Long-Term Environmental Impact

    If you already have my inquiry labs, station labs, and 5E lessons, you will only need the core materials. You can purchase them here.

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    Standards

    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    NGSSMS-ESS1-1
    Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons. Examples of models can be physical, graphical, or conceptual.
    NGSSMS-ESS3-4
    Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems. Examples of evidence include grade-appropriate databases on human populations and the rates of consumption of food and natural resources (such as freshwater, mineral, and energy). Examples of impacts can include changes to the appearance, composition, and structure of Earth’s systems as well as the rates at which they change. The consequences of increases in human populations and consumption of natural resources are described by science, but science does not make the decisions for the actions society takes.
    NGSSMS-ESS3-5
    Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. Examples of factors include human activities (such as fossil fuel combustion, cement production, and agricultural activity) and natural processes (such as changes in incoming solar radiation or volcanic activity). Examples of evidence can include tables, graphs, and maps of global and regional temperatures, atmospheric levels of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, and the rates of human activities. Emphasis is on the major role that human activities play in causing the rise in global temperatures.

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