Earth and Moon (4 Weeks)
S4E2. Obtain, evaluate & communicate information to model the effects of the position & motion of the Earth & the moon in relation to the sun as observed from the Earth.
a. Develop a model to support an explanation of why the length of a day & night change throughout the year.
b Develop a model based on observations to describe the repeating pattern of the phases of the moon (new, crescent, quarter, gibbous & full)
c. Construct an explanation of how the Earth’s orbit, with its consistent tilt, affects seasonal change.
Stars and Planets (4 Weeks)
S4E1. Obtain, evaluate, & communicate information to compare & contrast the physical attributes of stars & planets.
a. Compare & contrast technological advances that have changed the amount & type of information on distant objects in the sky.
b. Construct an argument on why some stars appear to be larger or brighter than other stars
c. Construct an explanation of the differences between stars & planets in the sky.
d. Evaluate strengths & limitations of models of our solar system in describing relative size, order, appearance, & composition of planets & the sun.