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Superintendent: Dr. Michael Connolly

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Science

Earth Science

Power Standards
  • Use observations of the sun, moon and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. (1-ESS1-1)
  • Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. (1-ESS1-2)

Critical Content

Concepts and Skills

* Power Standard Content

ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars

  • * Patterns of the motion of the sun, moon and stars in the sky can be observed, described, and predicted. (1-ESS1-1)

ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

  • Seasonal patterns of sunrise and sunset can be observed, described and predicted. (1-ESS1-2)

Critical Language (Science & Engineering Practices)

Language Usage

  • A student in first grade can demonstrate the ability to make observations to collect data that can be used to make comparisons.

 

Content-Specific Vocabulary

  • Motion
  • Solar system
  • Sun
  • Rotation
  • Moon
  • Orbit
  • Day sky
  • Night sky
  • Stars
  • Axis

 

Process-Specific Vocabulary

  • Observation
  • Telescope
  • Measure
  • Collect/record data
  • Patterns
  • Comparisons
  • Prediction

Concept-Based Connections

Essential Understandings

  • Predictable patterns occur in the solar system.

 

Factual Guiding Questions

  • What parts of the solar system can we observe? (Sun, Planets, Moon, etc.)
  • How would you describe the sun, moon, and Earth?
  • How do the Earth and sun interact to create day/night? (Earth’s rotation)
  • What circular motion creates a year on Earth? (Earth’s orbit)
  • What seasonal patterns are created by the Earth’s orbit?
  • What motion creates the moon’s phases? (Moon’s orbit & Earth’s orbit)

 

Conceptual Guiding Questions

  • What would happen if an unpredicted change occurred in the solar system?
  • What is the greatest impact of the changes in the solar system?

 

Engaging/Debatable Guiding Questions

  • Could we survive on another planet?