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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