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CCC2: Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation
CCC4: Systems and System Models
Disciplinary Core Ideas
Disciplinary Core Ideas in Earth and Space Science
Earth and Space Science
Earth in the solar system
ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe
Phases of the moon
Science and Engineering Practices
SEP1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems
SEP2: Developing and Using Models
SEP6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Solar system changes
Three Dimensions of the Framework and/or NGSS
Type Journal ArticlePub Date 7/1/2014Stock # ss14_037_09_30Volume 037Issue 09
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This article is easy to follow, even for teachers with limited astronomy education. It is clearly written, with explanations and discussion points for each of four activities. The activiti... See More
This article is easy to follow, even for teachers with limited astronomy education. It is clearly written, with explanations and discussion points for each of four activities. The activities offer a kinesthetic option that will get students standing and moving around. In addition, it offers explanations for what aspects the kinesthetic module will not represent accurately and encourages a discussion with the students around those points. The activities could be used in a classroom over a period of time, or as a final activity to explain multiple concepts. Or, singular parts can be taken and adapted into curriculum. Definitely worth the read for any teacher discussing earth, moon, and sun systems.
Modeling with Students
Involving students as part of a model gives them a personal experience with which they can relate when learning a concept. This article does a wonderful job of explaining four modeling acti... See More
Involving students as part of a model gives them a personal experience with which they can relate when learning a concept. This article does a wonderful job of explaining four modeling activities for students...1. Earth's rotation, 2. Earth's revolution, 3. Moon phases and 4. Seasons. The article includes numerous photos to help explain the activities.
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