Rotation and Revolution in the Earth-Moon-Sun System Foldable Notes

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Engage your students as you teach them about rotation and revolution! This foldable notes page, with printable and digital versions, allows students to identify components of the Sun-Earth-Moon system and explain how the components interact with one another and how their movements impact phenomenon on Earth. The foldable covers the concepts of rotation and revolution within the Sun-Earth-Moon system and the daily, monthly and yearly patterns observed as a result of those movements.

There are two versions of the foldable included in the download, one for elementary use and one for secondary use. You can choose the appropriate level for your students.

Big idea: Our everyday life on Earth is dependent on our relationship with the sun and moon. The interactions between Earth, sun, and moon dictate many cycles we experience, such as day-night cycle, seasons, and the lunar cycle. In addition, the sun is the foundation for the cycling of matter and energy that occurs here on Earth.

What’s Included in This Product

-Two-page foldable at two different levels (elementary and secondary)-digital and printable

-Animated PowerPoint to guide students in completing notes

-Key for notes pages

-Instructional write-up

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pattern, cycles, rotation, revolution, Earth, Moon, Sun, tilted Earth, seasons, day-night cycle, lunar cycle, shadow length, tides, foldable, interactive notebook



Core Disciplinary Ideas

• ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

o This model of the solar system can explain eclipses of the Sun and the moon. Earth’s spin axis is fixed in direction over the short-term but tilted relative to its orbit around the Sun. The seasons are a result of that tilt and are caused by the differential intensity of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year (MS-ESS1-1)

• ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

o The orbits of Earth around the Sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the Sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year. (5-ESS1-2)

Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion, and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Energy and Matter

Scientific and Engineering Practices: Developing and using models, constructing explanations (for science), obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

5.8CD – TSIET demonstrate that Earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours causing the day/night cycle and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky; and compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.

8.7A – TSIET model and illustrate how the tilted Earth rotates on its axis, causing day and night, and revolves around the Sun causing changes in seasons;

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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. Examples of models can be physical, graphical, or conceptual.


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