The Earth, Moon and Stars

Where does the sun go at night? Where does the moon go during the daytime? Learn to identify patterns in the day and night sky as we explore the phases of the moon, discover the effects of gravity and find out why objects appear to move across the sky.

Major Concepts to Be Explored:

Students will be able to understand that the Earth’s revolutions and rotations make it appear as though the stars are moving across the sky. They will understand that the Earth rotates on its axis every day, creating night and day, and that the Earth revolves around the sun one time every year. They also should recognize the moon’s appearance changing from day to day.

Essential Standards:

  • K.E.1: Understand change and observable patterns of weather that occur from day to day and throughout the year.
  • 1.E.1: Recognize the features and patterns of the earth/moon/sun system as observed from Earth.
  • 1.E.1.1: Recognize differences in the features of the day and night sky and apparent movement of objects across the sky as observed from Earth.
  • 1.E.1.2: Recognize patterns of observable changes in the Moon’s appearance from day to day.
  • 2.E.1.3: Compare weather patterns that occur over time and relate observable patterns to time of day and time of year.
  • OA1.1: Understand force and motion.
  • OA1.1.1: Compare weight and mass.
  • OA1.1.2: Classify types of force (gravity, friction, magnetism).
  • OA1.1.3: Describe the effects of force (gravity, friction, magnetism) on an object’s weight and motion.

Methods and Activities:

Group Discussion, Interactive Centers, Hands-on Experimentation

Key Vocabulary:

Rotation, Revolution, Orbit, Axis, Gravity, Constellations

Call To Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $12 per student
  • Minimum of 15 students