Sun, Earth and Moon System Lab Stations Activity

Sun, Earth and Moon System Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements concepts related to other NGSS. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Sun, Earth and Moon System Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Compare rotation and revolution of celestial bodies.
2. Relate celestial cycles with motions of the earth and moon.
3. Create a visual model of the sun, Earth and moon system.
4. Compare and contrast the geocentric and heliocentric models.

Science Skills Station
In the first activity, students will create a visual model of the sun, Earth and moon. The visual representation will be drawn to scale using raw data about the size the celestial objects and the distance between them. In the second activity, students will compare and contrast the motions of the earth and moon. The will determine the celestial cycles that result from the motions of these objects.

Narrative Station
Students will read about the sun, Earth and moon at this station. They will read about the motion of these celestial objects and the celestial cycles that result from their motion.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to the sun, Earth and moon. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will study and evaluate the geocentric and heliocentric models at this station. They will identify problems with the geocentric model and original heliocentric model, evaluate improvements made with the heliocentric model and discuss how the models illustrate our changing view of the universe.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
Brass fasteners
Ruler
Compass (drawing tool)
Scissors
11 x 17 paper
Construction paper
Single hole puncher
1 Computer or tablet

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 30% with the Earth, Moon and Celestial Cycles Lab Stations Bundle
• Save 35% with the Earth, Moon and Celestial Cycles Unit Bundle
• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 45% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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