This highly engaging and exciting webquest can be completed individually, with partners, or in groups. The purpose of this webquest is for students to learn about or review the Earth’s place in the universe.
Students are presented with a photograph and must complete an explanation at the end of the webquest.
This activity guides students through exploring information, examples, and videos about stars and our solar system. Students use QR Codes or embedded links to easily access the sites.
Next Generation Science Standards are thoroughly covered, including the aspects of the evidence statements.
5-ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth. [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to relative distances, not sizes, of stars. Assessment does not include other factors that affect apparent brightness (such as stellar masses, age, stage).]
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. [Clarification Statement: 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 Boundary: Assessment does not include causes of seasons.]
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