Our Place In Space

Unit Plan:
Unit Outline:

Unit Publication:
Letter to families:

Lessons:
The first two lessons explore our Earth's movements in space by looking at the night and day cycle:
Lesson 1: (Use of technology)
Teacher support document for lesson 1: Video providing a visual for the Earth rotating http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCrADs3EXZw&feature=related
Lesson 2:

Assessments and scaffolding forms for lesson 1 and 2:




The next two lessons continue exploring the Earth's movements in space by looking at the Earth revolution around the sun and the role of its tilted axis:
Lesson 3: (Use of technology)
Teacher support document for lesson 3: Video about what causes seasons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuiQvPLWziQ
Lesson 4:

Assessments and scaffolding forms for lesson 3 and 4:
The activity sheets are student support documents. I am also including a student support document that models the expectations for this activity.



Student Support Document:
Student_Sample.jpg

The last two lessons look at the Earth's interaction with the Moon by exploring the phases of the Moon.
Lesson 5: (Use of technology)
Teacher support document for lesson 5: Video about what causes the phases of the moon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aFGNGEcDOk&feature=related
Lesson 6: (Use of technology)

Assessments and scaffolding forms for lesson 5 and 6:





Pre-Post Assessment:
I would not recommend using this assessment for the unit outlined above. It was written for a solar system unit which I had to cut short due to time concerns and untimely departure mid-unit. It does not have enough questions about the seasons and phases of the moon. I included it as it is the one I actually used for my unit.


Unit Rubric:
Rubric to grade students work:

Data document:
Data analysis document:

Websites:
Website to explore with students.
Windows to the Universe: http://www.windows.ucar.edu/
Lunar and Planetary Institute: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/