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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
When the earth is between the moon and the sun we see a full moon, when the moon is between the sun and the earth we see a "new" or dark moon. (The slight tilt in the moon’s orbital path keeps us from having an eclipse every cycle.) The changes in the moon’s appearance move from right to left.
Student Prior Knowledge:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
4. Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning
Intended Learning Outcomes Linked to Standards:
Students will make observations of the moon to determine how it looks throughout its cycle.
Students will use their observations to ask questions and develop theories about how the sun, moon, and earth move in space.
Students will explain that the moon is lit by reflected light from the sun. The will describe how the part of the moon that is visible from earth changes.
Five class periods:
Day 1: Introduction to the moon
Day 2: Review, cultural enrichment, additional information
Day 3: Review for understanding and video extension
Day 4: Review student understanding, review homework, final assessment.
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
However, teachers may choose to use the final multiple choice assessment piece as a pre-assessment to determine growth. Students’ written assignments and drawings serve as informal formative assessments throughout the unit.
The summative assessment includes the rubric below for assessing students’ final writing piece and the attached multiple choice Moon assessment.
Writing Rubric: for final notebook entry. Score each item 1 through 5.
1 = no understanding of concept or vocabulary or not present
2 = incomplete or incorrect understanding of concept or vocabulary but working toward understanding
3 = fair understanding of concept or vocabulary, student can use the terms or concepts appropriately most of the time
4 = good understanding of concept or vocabulary, student shows strong knowledge of most of the important ideas and could move to the next concepts with support
5 = excellent understanding of concept of vocabulary, student shows superior knowledge of the important ideas and could easily move to the next concepts
Score the following concepts and vocabulary:
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