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Science - 3rd Grade
Standard 1 Objective 2
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.
Eyewitness Books: Astronomy, by Kristen Lippincott; ISBN 0-75660656-X
Space: A Nonfiction Companion to Midnight on the Moon, by Mary Pope Osborne; ISBN 0- 375-81356-x
When Earth and moon rotate, they turn to the left. This is easily remembered by asking the students to place their hand over the heart as when saying the Pledge of Allegiance, then push with that hand toward the shoulder closest to the hand, thus turning the individual toward the left.
The teacher should understand that the moon and Earth do not rotate on the same plane. This is why eclipses are much less frequent than the students might think.
Using the technology of space travel we have been able to see both Earth and the moon from space. In this activity we will help the students understand better what astronauts and astronomers see by using technology and models.
Remember to turn the flash off on cameras for this activity, otherwise you loose the shadows we are looking for.
1. Use science process and thinking skills.
2. Manifest scientific attitudes and interests.
Invitation to Learn
Using a Moon in My Room lamp, ask the students to name the phases of the moon as it moves through the eight phases of lights on the lamp. This is a great attention getter. The students will be excited to learn more.
After demonstrating the Moon in My Room lamp, pass out paper cups and a piece of paper to make a paper version of their own moon phases.
Use the paper cup to make eight circles on a piece of blank paper. Then draw each of the phases on the different circles and cut them out. Fold the circles in half vertically. Glue the left half of the first phase to the right half of the next phase and so on until you have glued all the way around. One of the great features of this little gem is that it works as well upside down as right side up. They now have their own moon review kit.
Have the students make a pocket for their moon review kit in their science journal.
Instructional Procedures Which View of the Moon?
Curriculum Extensions/Adaptations/ Integration
Waters, J. K., (2007-12-00). Social Studies Teachers Perspectives of Technology Integration. T.H.E. Journal, Volume 34 (Number 12), Pages 41-44
Menko Johnson, an instructional technologist at San Jose State University, believes that successful synchronizing of technology in the classroom puts the teaching before the gadgetry and will benefit both the teacher and the student.
Starkman, N., (2007-06-00). Sound Solutions. T.H.E. Journal, Volume 34 (Number 6), Page 22
Poor classroom acoustics have more to do with poor learning than one might suspect. A good sound system can do a great deal to help both the students and the teacher.