Big Ideas: To develop an understanding of how the Earth and Moon systems developed and work.
Essential Questions: What are the differences between geocentric and heliocentric models, How would one contrast aphelion and perihelion? How are the seasons caused? How do the phases of the moon occur? What is apogee vs perigee?
Vocabulary: aphelion, perihelion, AU, ellipse, eccentricity, orbital period, roation, revolution, magnetic field, precession, apogee, perigee, tides, eclipses
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
December Earth and Moon Formative: HS-ESS2-3; HS-ESS2-5,6,7 Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List†††
Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
History Models and Laws Put to the test to see if moon phases effect a personís birthday using statistical calculations and graphs. Student Partipiation and Dialog Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
Earth-System Provide a visual of the moon phases using a manipulative such as Oreo cookies. Study Guide Assignments Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
Moon-System Discover if the ellipse of a planet can be found using Keplerís 1st Law. Lab Practicles and/or Projects Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Devise a model that can show the positions of the sun, the moon, and Earth during various phases and eclipses. Chapter Quizzes
Create a model of the lunar surface and various features in order to help understand the moonís topography. Reading / Vocabulary Exam
Chapter Exam
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