Time Flies: Day, Night, Week, Month, Year

Learning Objectives Children will… • create a model of Earth rotating on its axis. • use the model to demonstrate a day and a week by making the model Earth rotate. • use the model to demonstrate a year by revolving around the Sun. • recognize which half of the Earth is experiencing day and…

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Sundials for Everyone! Evidence of Earth’s Rotation

Learning Objectives Children will… • learn what a sundial is and how it works. • observe and record the pattern of shadows the sun creates on their sundial. Key Question How can we use simple materials to tell time? Materials Paper Plate Pencil Play-Doh Compass

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Star Light, Star Bright

Learning Objectives Children will… • describe patterns in the stars. • learn what a constellation is, some names of constellations, and their mythology. Key Questions Do stars have patterns? When are the stars visible? Materials Constellation Luminary Battery-powered tea light candle Electrical tape Pushpin Paper towel tube Star Deck (optional) Single hole punch Flashlight with…

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Phases of the Moon

Learning Objectives Children will… • become part of a model to demonstrate the phases of the moon. • match the phase of the moon they see using the model to phase of the moon cards. Key Questions What are the phases of the Moon and what causes them? What causes day and night on Earth?…

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Earth Orbits the Sun

Learning Objectives Children will… • observe how Earth orbits the Sun. • learn the Sun is at the center of the Earth’s orbit. • understand one revolution of the Earth around the Sun is a year. Key Question How does Earth move around the Sun? Materials 9” Metal Pie Tin Dry Erase Marker Bouncy Ball…

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How big a celestial body are you? Earth, Moon, & Sun Sizing

Learning Objectives Children will… • observe the size differences between the Earth, Moon, and Sun. • discuss the location of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. Key Question Of the Earth, Moon, and Sun, which is the biggest? Materials Beach Ball Stress Ball Bouncy Ball Vocabulary Cards

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A Penny for Your Moon and a Quarter for Your Earth

Learning Objectives Children will… • demonstrate the motion of the Moon’s rotation. • demonstrate that the Moon keeps the same face toward Earth. Key Question Does the Moon rotate or turn on its axis? Materials for Each Child Penny Quarter

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