The Star Gazer's Hidden Treasure is a Breakout Box adventure in which your students will discover the ancient secrets of the fictional Star Gazer civilization through the letters and notes of Dr. Vega and Dr. Sirius.
Dr. Sirius is excavating the remnants of the Star Gazers, an ancient civilization that closely studied the patterns of the solar system. Through his research, he learned these ancient people hid a secret treasure and is in need of Dr. Vega's assistance to find this treasure before the media gets a hold of the information! Your students will need to uncover Dr. Vega and Dr. Sirius's findings before they get a piece of the Star Gazer's treasure.
This activity is great for an introduction to or a review of Solar System Units covering constellations, star brightness, gravity, sun patterns, and moon phases.
This Breakout Box adventure is aligned with NGSS and Common Core Math Standards!
5-PS2-1. Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.
5-ESS1-1. 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.
5-ESS1-2. 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.
MS-ESS1-1. 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.
5.NBT.A.2 Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
5.NBT.B.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.