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A Galaxy of Knowledge

 

Introduction:  
  We'll begin our astronomy unit by finding out basic information about the the planets and stars (including our Sun), and discover why we have eclipses, seasons, and varying phases of the moon. This will provide a foundation for our main focus of the stories behind the constellations.
Task:  
  Use models to physically demonstrate how phases of the moon occur each month, why we have distinct seasons throughout the year, and how the celestial bodies need to align for an eclipse to occur.
There will also be a short quiz on Blended Schools covering stars and planets (i.e. Name the planets beginning with the one closest to the sun. Why can we say we're seeing into the past when we look up at the night sky?)
Process:  
  Use the web sites given, as well as World Book online and the books provided in the library to review basic information about the formation of stars, differences in stars, the structure of the universe (is it constant?), differences in the planets, and their interactions with one another to create fluctuations in seasons, moon phases, and even sunlight and moonlight (? Is there such a thing?) here on Earth.
Guided worksheets will help organize your research.
You'll then prepare models, figuring out the supplies needed, then working with them to illustrate to a first grade class how an eclipse happens, then choose to either illustrate the reason for seasons or why we have phases of the moon.
Resources:  
  Facts, photos, and videos at http://kids.nineplanets.org/
Short facts at http://www.apples4theteacher.com/starwarp2.html
Mrs. Strange's Solar System at http://www.siec.k12.in.us/~west/proj/space/index.html
Evaluation:  
  - Effectiveness of models to illustrate seasons, eclipses, and phases of the moon to both the teacher and younger students
- Answers to discussion questions asked during classes
- Responses on worksheets as you view the web sites/printed materials
Conclusion:  
  When you hear the word "space," do you know what is it?

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