earth and the solar system

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1

Introduction: Students prepare a power point presentation suitable for an audience of year 7 and 8 students on an aspect of space science or astronomy that interests them. (Details later)

Post Box activity

Walk through the Solar System

Teacher takes students on a walk through the solar system. Point out distances, volumes that planets take up and other relevant aspects.

Examine prior learning




Planets in Solar System

Math link

This will be teacher and peer assessed



Student knowledge

Read Teacher Guide

Internet and library KC3, 7 Thinking
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2-4
ROTATION OF ACTIVITIES

1.    Night Lights Poster Investigation

2.    Planet data Sheet (HW)

3.    Bringing Earth Down to Size

4.    Meteors: making an Impact

5. Skytrackers Video: Meteor Rights?

Prac skills investigation

Math link

Prac skills

Team work

Spatial Skills

Creative

Problem Solving

Nightlights requires poster

Resource list

 

 



Skytrackers Video from
Childrens TelevisionFoundation

KC 3,4,7

Thinking 

Using wide range of thinking skills

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5

Classroom Video: “The Solar System”

 

Revisit Walk through the SS   From Classroom Videos    
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6-7

Research and planning for Powerpoint Presentation* Students work in pairs.

Students have 3 classroom lessons to investigate using Computer Simulations and Internet resources

Students will require information on Planets. You will be assessing

KCs 3,4,7

Els: Thinking

& Futures

Computer Simulation and Internet and library access KC 3,4,7

Thinking

Using wide range of thinking skills

Demonstrating enterprising attributes

(innovative)

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8-9

Videos

Apollo 13

History of Space Travel

The Eagle has landed (or others)

History of Space Travel  

Lots of space videos from Tape Services

(08) 8377 0339

http://www.tapeservices.sa.edu.au/

   
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10-12

ROTATION OF ACTIVITIES

1.    Solar Noon (Short Shadow)

2.    Pipehenge if available

3.    Eclipse Practical

4.    Model Solar System

Earth, Moon and Sun related activities

Math and S&E links

Assess

KCs 3,4,7

Eclipse Practical

Pipehenge and practical sheets

Star Simulations

KC 3,4,7  
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13

Constellations

Orion: Mystery of Great Pyramids: Hunter in the Sky

Constellations
Math and S&E links
  Videos or articles from magazines or internet access  

Thinking

Drawing on thinking from a range of times and cultures

Futures

Understanding patterns and connections within systems

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14

Southern Cross Location

Emu in the Sky.

Aboriginal and other cultures stories in the night sky

Supervisor of Night Sky Sheet

Make your own constellation

Stories of the night sky

Math and S&E links

1. Make your own Constellation Sheet (HW)

2. Supervisor of night Sky

Poster of Southern Cross and pointers

Internet Sites

 

Futures

Understanding patterns and connections within systems

Understand world views

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15

Stars, Galaxies, Comets

Distances and time in Space Making a Comet practical (optional)

Our place in the Universe

Math links

Further excursions worksheet Walk through SS sheets required    
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PRESENTATIONS

Power point presentation using Data

Show projector

  Teacher and peer assessment A science rubric for evaluating powerpoint presentations   Futures : Building scenarios of preferred futures