Science - 3rd Grade
Students will understand that the shape of Earth and the moon are spherical and that Earth rotates on its axis to produce the appearance of the sun and moon moving through the sky.
Describe the appearance of Earth and the moon.
When seen at night, the moon seems to shine brightly in the sky. What we actually see is the reflection of the sun's light on the moon. The moon gets its light from the sun, just like we do on Earth.
Earth and Moon Observations
In a small group setting, the Earth's counterclockwise revolution, counterclockwise rotation, tilt, day and night cycle, and the Sun's apparent movement across the earth are explored. Students, also, model the phases of the moon in groups of two.
Earth is Round?
After recreating Aristotle's discovery that the Earth is round, students will create a moon box to model the phases of our moon.
How Big Are Earth, Sun, and Moon?
These activities will help students understand where the sun is in the solar system and how big the earth, moon, and sun are.
TRB 3:1 - Investigation 1 - Comparing the Earth & Moon
The activities in this lesson have students compare the Earth and the Moon.
TRB 3:1 - Investigation 2 - The Appearance of the Moon
Classroom demonstration shows how craters were formed on the moon.
TRB 3:1 - Investigation 3 - What is Moonlight?
Classroom demonstration helps students understand that the moon shines by reflecting sunlight.
The Earth Is Flat
This lesson Standard will help students understand that the shape of Earth and the moon are spherical and
that Earth rotates on its axis to produce the appearance of the sun and the
moon moving through the sky.
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