This unit was designed specifically to address the first grade NGSS Earth Science Standards:
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.
This engaging units encorporates many hands on activities to help young scientists gain a strong conceptual understanding of patterns of our celestial bodies.
Activities included in this unit:
Activty 1: What’s In the Sky?: To introduce the unit, students make observations of things they see in the sky during the day and at night.
Activity 2: Shine On!: Students collect data on the location of the sun at different times of the day. The also use a simple sun dial to see the change in the shadows. They then analyze their data and write down their findings.
Activty 3: Making Patterns: Much of this unit involves patterns. This fun activity allows students to create patterns and then trade with a classmate to continue their pattern.
Activity 4: Hello Moon!: The patterns continue with a focus on the moon. A Moon Log is provided for students to fill in, or for you to fill in together in class using a web site with current data.
Activity 5: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Students learn about constellations through a video and/or book and then create their own.
Activty 6: Four Seasons: Students learn about the differences in the four seasons through a literature book followed by an activity focusing on clothing, weather, activities plants.
Activity 7: The Sun’s Heat: Students practice reading thermometers and then go out side to collect data on the sun’s heat in direct sunlight compared to shade.
Activity 8: Sunrise and Sunset: Students analyze data of sunrise/sunset at different times of year and realize that the hours of daylight are much more in the summer compared to the winter. They also continue the patterns for June and December.
Activity 9: Word Wall Cards and Activities: 2 sets of Word Wall Cards are included; one with picture clues and definitions, the others with just the words. Several suggested activities are included.
Post Test: A “Show What You Know” post test is included.
Teacher pages are included with each activity. Suggested literature and video links are included with many of the activities for background and content.
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Waves: Light and Sound
Structure, Function, and Information Processing
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