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)
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)
A student in first grade can demonstrate the ability to make observations to collect data that can be used to make comparisons .
Day sky Night sky
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?