Fifth Grade NGSS ESS1-1 and ES1-2 Earth's Place in the Universe

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5th, Homeschool
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This 5th grade science resource includes everything you need to teach the fifth-grade NGSS Earth's Place in the Universe standards! Students will learn about the brightness of the stars; including the sun. They will learn about the stars seasonal changes, effect on day and night, and shadows.

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Lessons in this unit:

Lesson 1 - What Do We Know About the Stars?

Lesson 2 - Learning About Specific Stars

Lesson 3 - How Big is the Sun in Relation to the Planets?

Lesson 4 - Writing a Claim

Lesson 5 - The Sun's Shadows

Lesson 6 - The Earth's Rotation and Revolution

(Patterns of Day and Night and Seasons)

Lesson 7 - Stars and Constellations

Lesson 8 - Seasonal Appearances of Stars and the Night Sky

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- suggested YouTube Videos and books

- Age Appropriate Website Suggestions for Data Collection

- Astronomer Poster

- 4 Night Sky Posters

- Big Dipper, Star Trails, Solar System, and Star Life Cycle Posters

- "I can" statement cards

- Short Reading Passage about Stars

- Star Task Cards and Answer Keys

- Light Experiment

- Making a Model of the Solar System Instructions

- Data Collection Sheets for Sunrise and Sunset

- Final Project Guidelines and Rubrics

- 9 colorful essential vocabulary cards with graphics and definitions

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth. Assessment is limited to relative distances, not sizes, of stars. Assessment does not include other factors that affect apparent brightness (such as stellar masses, age, stage).
Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky. Examples of patterns could include the position and motion of Earth with respect to the sun and selected stars that are visible only in particular months. Assessment does not include causes of seasons.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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