The Interplay of the Sun, Earth and Moon Unit Plan

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The Interplay of the Sun, Earth and Moon Unit Plan

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7 x Lessons | This unit is suitable for Grade: 3

This Earth and Space Sciences unit addresses the celestial bodies of the sun, Earth and moon. It explores their sizes, shapes, positions and movements and the interactions between them.

It consists of 7 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

Look to the Skies!

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore prior knowledge and understanding of day and night.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Celestial Bodies - The Sun

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the key features of the sun.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Celestial Bodies - The Earth

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the key features of Earth.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Celestial Bodies - The Moon

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the key features of the moon.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

The Relative Sizes of the Sun, Earth and Moon

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the relative sizes of the sun, Earth and moon.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Day and Night

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate what causes day and night.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Changing Shadows

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate if shadows change throughout the day.

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Lesson 8 (Assessment) 60 minutes

The Interplay of the Sun, Earth and Moon

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An assessment task in which students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the interplay of the sun, Earth and moon.

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