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 movement of Earth and the moon and the apparent movement of other bodies through the sky.
A Moon With a View
Teacher demonstrations and small group activities help students understand the rotation of the Earth and the appearance of movement of other bodies in the sky.
As the World Turns
Students will use their bodies to act out the motions of Earth by exploring orbits, rotations, and the turning of the earth as it revolves around the sun. Doing research to find correct answers to their questions will help them act out the movements correctly.
Earth & Moon Orbits
The students will be able to describe the movement of Earth and the
moon and the apparent movement of other bodies through the sky.
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.
Students will create a model of the moon and use a flashlight to illustrate the various phases of the moon.
The moon is our nearest neighbor and appears to move across the sky every 28 days. Students will chart the face of the moon as it travels and investigate the motions of earth to produce these interesting changes in our nearest neighbor.
TRB 3:1 - Investigation 4 - Day and Night
Classroom demonstration and activities will help students understand how the Earth's rotation creates day and night.
TRB 3:1 - Investigation 5 - Making a Sundial
Students will make a sundial and learn how to use it.
TRB 3:1 - Investigation 6 - Celestial Model
Classroom activity helps students understand why stars appear to move across the night sky.
The Night Sky
The whole class will create a night sky using white butcher paper and glow-in-the-dark crayons and then discuss the rotation of the Earth, the movement of the moon, and the position of the sun.
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