Patterns of the sun, moon and stars are under constant study at Astro Observatory
Collect sun, moon and star symbols on a Grecian urn while discovering and the sun's rise-set pattern, the moon's monthly phase cycle and the nightly rotation of the stars
in this three-week unit!
***VIEW THE DEMO***
(with intro screens and a few sample interactions only) here.
Three weeks’ worth of lesson plans are aligned to the first-grade 1-ESS1-1 Next Generation Science Standards for earth and space science and are appropriate for K-4.
☀ • ★ Lesson One: Patterns in the Sky
Through class presentations, interactive multimedia explorers and a hands-on arts-science project
, students will learn to define what a pattern is and learn to follow an Observe-Describe-Predict model for studying patterns throughout the rest of the unit.
The class will play an interactive "What's a Pattern?" Game
to define what makes a pattern. Then, they will learn about the Greek key pattern motif from ancient Greek architecture, create their own key pattern out of clay and complete a worksheet using the Observe-Describe-Predict model.
The lesson finishes with the introduction of the Grecian Urn Collect-Them-All Vase
, on which sun, moon, and star symbols appear on the class completes the unit.
☀ Lesson Two: Solar Patterns
In this unit, students first discover cardinal compass points in order to better understand the rise-set pattern. Activities include an interactive Compass Points Explorer
and Secret Message Compass Points Maze
The second presentation covers the rise-set pattern. Students then create a Sunrise and Sunset Lab and Diorama
--where they observe the sun's pattern, depict its pattern with a 3-D model, and describe their observations in writing.
1-ESS1-2 covers solar patterns in relation to the Earth's annual orbit. This topic is not covered in Astro Observatory, but is covered in my Solstice Science
unit. (See Bundled Products below for options for purchasing both units.)
• Lesson Three: Lunar Patterns
In this lesson, students step through presentations about the moon's eight lunar phases. They apply the Observe-Describe-Predict model to the current moon phase in a The Moon Today Worksheet
. Throughout the presentation, they complete their own Eight Moon Phases Worksheet
. Then they apply their learning to a fictional story and art project based on a lunar phase with the Under the Moon Storybook and Graphic Organizer.
★ Lesson Four: Star Patterns
In the final lesson, students apply the Observe-Describe-Predict model to learn about the star's nightly rotation
. The first presentation introduces students to Polaris (the Night Star) and two key constellations--the Big Dipper and Little Dipper. An interactive "Star Power" Game
and a Constellation Dot-to-Dot Worksheet
solidify understanding before moving on to the second half of the lesson.
In the second presentation, students apply the Observe-Describe-Predict model when viewing a linked-to video of the nightly rotation. They write about what the video in the Tracing the Night Sky
worksheet and in a 3-D model, Stars in the Night Sky Diorama
. Students learn that the stars rotate each night because the Earth rotates on its axis.
ASTRO OBERVATORY IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THESE BUNDLES:
• NGSS Earth & Space Combo: "Solstice Science" & "Astro Observatory" Units
• NGSS Grade 1 Bundle: Complete STEM Curriculum
• NGSS First Grade Super Bundle: Complete STEM Curriculum w/Biomimicry Expansion (BEST VALUE!)
Lesson plans combine a series of:
• engaging hands-on activities
• observation labs
• writing exercises
• art and engineering projects
• computer interactives
Click the included link or scan the included QR code to run the online version. Or unzip the provided files to run the course locally (some screens don't function fully on the local version). This course is versatile enough to be used:
• On any computer with a classroom projector
• With a smart whiteboard (or interactive flipchart)
• On a PC in a homeschool setting
This is an excellent way to incorporate Earth and space science into your lesson plans!
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: This product gives the End User (purchaser) the right to use the lesson plans in their classroom. Please purchase one additional, discounted multi-seat license per classroom if sharing with additional classrooms or for school district use. Thank you!
All projects are aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). See preview file for lesson overview and standards alignment.
Keywords: sunrise, sunset, moon phases, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, waxing, waning, gibbous, constellations, axis, NGSS 1-ESS1-1, NGSS 1.ESS1.1