Monday, July 27, 2020

5th Grade Science: Sun and Earth Unit

As a previous science teacher, I am writing my own "curriculum" for our 5th grade home school this year (see other units here). I have divided the 16 5th grade Next Generation Science Standards into units. This is my plan for the Sun and Earth Unit, consisting of the following standards:
  • 5-ESS1-1. Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.
  • 5-ESS1-2. Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
Some notes: 
The national standards focus on science content, but also science and engineering practices. These practices are an integral part of each standard, which means curriculum and assessment might look a little different than it did when I was a student. Assessments do not have to be a regular "test." Sometimes they will be a lab or a model a student draws of their understanding of an idea.

Also, this is curriculum I, a science teacher, wrote for my academically advanced son. Plus, I was not present for his previous years of school science, so do not know what gaps he may have. In many places, will go way more in depth than just doing the minimum to meet the standard. If you choose to use my resources, please keep that in mind. Feel free to message me about anything you feel needs clarification or more explanation.

The standards for this unit could probably be covered in just the Flashlight Exploration and one of the graphing or charting activities.

The links are to Google Doc version of the materials, allowing you to make a copy and modify them. If you would like all materials in one document, you can find it in the document below, although formatting is not 100%.

Sun and Earth Materials PDF (Google Docs versions linked below)
Sun and Earth Answer Keys PDF (Google Docs versions linked below)
Sun and Earth Unit Slides (can be saved as ppt)



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Day Thirteen
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Day Fifteen

Day Sixteen

Day Seventeen

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