Space Exploration Thematic Unit Plans (Using the 5Es)

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This science unit is intended for a fourth grade classroom. There are two lessons laid out in the pack. All lessons follow the 5Es lesson format (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate).

Also included:
*Modifications for ELLS
*Foldable/graphic organizer
*Two science lessons following the 5Es format.
*Benchmarks

Students will first learn how and why the moon visibly changes over the course of a month. Next, students will explore how the Earth rotates and revolves around the Sun. Lastly, to tie it all together, students will learn how the movements of the Earth, Moon, and Sun are all connected. Multidisciplinary connections in social studies, language arts, and mathematics are made throughout the unit using the book The Moon Over Star.

Standards addressed in this unit are:

1. SCIENCE:
-SC.4.E.5.2: Describe the changes in the observable shape of the moon over the course of about a month.
-SC.4.E.5.3: Recognize that Earth revolves around the Sun in a year and rotates on its axis in a 24-hour day
-SC.4.E.5.4: Relate that the rotation of Earth (day and night) and apparent movements of the Sun, Moon, and stars are connected.

2. ELA:
-LAFS.4.RI.3.7: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

3. SOCIAL STUDIES:
- SS.4.A.8.3: Describe the effect of the United States space program on Florida's economy and growth.

4. MATHEMATICS:
- MAFS.4.MD.1.2: Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals. Represent fractional quantities of distance and intervals of time using linear models.
Total Pages
14 pages