Patterns in the Sky: Learning about our Sun and Moon (NGSS)
Short 30-60min STEM activities that are hands-on and FUN!
Activities include a classroom plot of daylight hours (with previous years data), sheets for students to record the nightly moon phases, a fun "Make some space" unit introduction activity to get kids excited about space, and worksheets to investigate how the sun travels in the sky.
This is a great unit that covers the space systems NGSS standards about patterns in the night sky.
The daylight hours plot prints on a large sheet and allows for students to compare previous years daylight data with data they are collecting this year. This helps students see the pattern and predict what will happen using their data.
In "Make some space" students will learn new vocabulary and how to identify things like planets, galaxies, stars, and more.
There is a nightly moon phase tracker that allows students to see the moon phase data spread out on a single sheet to make better connections in the moon phase pattern.
This pack includes:
•Student activities (30-60 minutes each)
•Lesson plans (including entrance and exit cards for select activities)
1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
1-ESS1-2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.