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Explories: Dark - an NGSS Unit on the Sky (Core Materials Only)

Kesler Science
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  1. 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, M
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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

**This version does not include the necessary inquiry labs, station labs, and 5E lessons. This product should only be purchased if you already have the required resources. See the full list below.

The full unit can be purchased here.

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

- student activity pages

- project-based and traditional assessments

- rubrics for feedback and standards-based grading

- journaling/synthesis activities

- two 'getting started' videos to help with implementation

**NOTE: This version does not include the station labs, inquiry labs, or 5E lessons. You can purchase the complete unit here.

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 Necessary for this Unit (not included in this version):

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

Terms of Use

Copyright © Chris Kesler. All rights reserved by the author. This product is to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. Intended for classroom and personal use ONLY.

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Teaching Duration
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Standards

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NGSSMS-PS1-1
Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. Emphasis is on developing models of molecules that vary in complexity. Examples of simple molecules could include ammonia and methanol. Examples of extended structures could include sodium chloride or diamonds. Examples of molecular-level models could include drawings, 3D ball and stick structures, or computer representations showing different molecules with different types of atoms. Assessment does not include valence electrons and bonding energy, discussing the ionic nature of subunits of complex structures, or a complete depiction of all individual atoms in a complex molecule or extended structure.
NGSSMS-PS1-5
Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved. Emphasis is on law of conservation of matter and on physical models or drawings, including digital forms, that represent atoms. Assessment does not include the use of atomic masses, balancing symbolic equations, or intermolecular forces.
NGSSMS-LS1-8
Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories. Assessment does not include mechanisms for the transmission of this information.
NGSSMS-PS1-2
Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. Examples of reactions could include burning sugar or steel wool, fat reacting with sodium hydroxide, and mixing zinc with hydrogen chloride. Assessment is limited to analysis of the following properties: density, melting point, boiling point, solubility, flammability, and odor.
NGSSMS-PS3-4
Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample. Examples of experiments could include comparing final water temperatures after different masses of ice melted in the same volume of water with the same initial temperature, the temperature change of samples of different materials with the same mass as they cool or heat in the environment, or the same material with different masses when a specific amount of energy is added. Assessment does not include calculating the total amount of thermal energy transferred.

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