Our Place in Space – Unit Plan

Our Place in Space – Unit Plan

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This Earth and Space Sciences unit explores the concept that Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun).

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

The Solar System Begins

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A 60 minute lesson designed to explore the circumstances and processes that led the formation of the solar system.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

The Sun - Solar System Central

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A 60 minute lesson designed to explore the role of the sun as a provider of energy for the Earth.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Earth - Third Rock From Sun

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A 60 minute lesson designed to develop an understanding of the processes that formed Earth and then create a presentation that explains them.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Sisters of the Solar System - The Terrestrial Planets

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A 60 minute lesson designed to identify the terrestrial planets of the solar system and compare how long they take to orbit the sun.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Sisters of the Solar System - The Jovian Planets

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A 60 minute lesson designed to identify the Jovian planets of the solar system and compare how long they take to orbit the sun.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

The Scale of the Solar System

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A 60 minute lesson designed to investigate the relative size of and distance between Earth, other planets in the solar system and the sun.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

A Star, Some Planets and More!

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A 60 minute lesson designed to identify other celestial bodies present in the solar system.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Interpreting the Night Sky

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A 60 minute lesson designed to research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ understanding of the night sky and its use for timekeeping purposes.

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Lesson 9 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Diagram of the Solar System

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A 60 minute assessment designed to assess students' understanding of the concept that Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun).

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Science > Year 5 > Science Understanding > Earth and space sciences > ACSSU078
The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun)Elaborationsidentifying the planets of the solar system and comparing how long they take to orbit the sun (Skills: Literacy, Cr...

Science > Year 5 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > ACSHE081
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributionsElaborationsdeveloping an un...

Science > Year 5 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > ACSHE083
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisionsElaborationsconsidering how best to ensure growth of plants (Skills: Critical and Creative Thinking)considerin...

Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > ACSIS093
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal textsElaborationsdiscussing how models represent scientific ideas and constru...

Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > ACSIS091
Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigationsElaborationsworking collaboratively to identify where methods could be improved, including where testing was not fair and practices coul...

Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > ACSIS090
Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriateElaboratio...


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