Introduction to Astronomy Learning Activities

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This zip file contains many different activities (52 pages of student handouts such as worksheets, quizzes, two labs and cloze notes handouts. as well as a PowerPoint with a total of 37 slides) which can be used to introduce students to basic concepts about astronomy and earth motions. While these lessons were originally designed to correlate to the performance indicators of the New York State Intermediate Science curriculum, the components of this lesson may be easily used in other physical science or basic introductory earth science courses as well. The components this unit addresses in the NGSS Standards and Common Core Standards are indicated at the end of this description.

Some of the topics addressed in this learning packet include the Sun, earth rotation and revolution (including evidences of these), seasons and their causes, Moon motions and phases, tides, the planets including scale distances and dimensions as well as other topics.

Many documents are included in both word format as well as pdf format to allow editing for specific teacher needs.

The specific contents of the learning package includes the following items (the page count for these items are actual student handouts as answer key page counts are not included):

-- Marzano self assessment scale including learning goals and Common Core Reading/Writing and Mathematics Standards for students specific to this unit (3 pages)
-- Cloze notes handout for students with learning goals (15 pages)
-- 37 slide PowerPoint to accompany the cloze notes
-- Scale Model of the Solar System Lab correlated to the common core and NGSS learning standards with key (5 pages)
-- Planet Information handout (2 pages)
-- Earth Motions and Seasons Worksheet with answer key (63 mixed type questions) (10 pages)
-- Moon and the Solar System Worksheet with answer key (30 mixed format questions) (9 pages)
-- Astronomy Exam with answer key (50 questions) (8 pages)
-- Moon Phases animation mp4 video.

NGSS Standards

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

MS-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.

MS-ESS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

Common Core State Standards Connections


RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Mathematics –
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
MP.4 Model with mathematics.

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