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.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Day and Night Venn Diagram
- Night and Day Word Wall
- Earth, Sun and Moon Pictures
- Celestial Bodies – The Sun PowerPoint
- Science Experiment – Does the Sun Produce Heat?
- Celestial Bodies – The Earth PowerPoint
- How to Make a Sundial
- Celestial Bodies – The Moon PowerPoint
- Moon Phases Worksheet – Northern Hemisphere
- Moon Phases Worksheet – Southern Hemisphere
- Moon Phases Posters – Northern Hemisphere
- Moon Phases Posters – Southern Hemisphere
- The Relative Distance From the Sun to Earth
- Elements of Poetry Worksheet – Figurative Language
- Night and Day Worksheet
- Science Experiment – Changing Shadows
- Movement of the Sun, Earth and Moon Model
- To explore prior knowledge and understanding of day and night.
- The investigate the key features of the sun.
- To investigate the key features of Earth.
- To investigate the key features of the moon.
- To explore the relative sizes of the sun, Earth and moon.
- To investigate what causes day and night.
- To investigate if shadows change throughout the day.