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Support an argument that the apparent brightness of the sun and stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.

 
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Similar & Different Stars

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students explore how stars are similar and different by researching online sources. Then, students construct evidence-based arguments using their research.

 
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students sharing
   

Investigating Star Brightness & Distance

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students explore the brightness of stars by examining a photo of the night sky. Then, students use flashlights to investigate how distance impacts star brightness.

 
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two flashlights same distances
   

The Location of Earth

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students explore the location of Earth by learning new vocabulary, watching a video, researching online sources, and sharing fact-based arguments.

 
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students researching
   

Investigating Star Brightness, Distance, Size, & Temperature

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun & Earth' s Patterns
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students explore the relationships between star brightness, distance, size, and temperature by examining the Hertzsprung-Russel Diagram and investigating with flashlights.

 
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students with flashlights
   

The Sun, Earth, and Moon Relationship

5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
Carrie Boyden
Fitchburg, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will create a model illustrating the movement of the Earth and Moon in relation to the Sun.

 
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creating a
   

Day One of Where's Plaid Pete?

5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
Amy Miller
Lynden, WA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

How is the universe organized? Where is Earth's place in this huge system? Students listen to a read aloud of My Place in Space, and begin the research that will lead them to create an infographic.

 
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2015 04 28 10 08 21
   

Day Two of Where's Plaid Pete?

5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
Amy Miller
Lynden, WA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

How do scientists communicate very complex information in ways that make it easy for others to understand? Students create infographics of their research on the universe, using design elements to convey meaning.

 
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2015 05 01 10 40 55
   

You Are My Sunshine- The Sun's Role

5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
Carrie Boyden
Fitchburg, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will use the sun's heat and light energy to change the color of beads.

 
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constructed foldable
   

Day One of Plaid Pete's Star Lab

5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
Amy Miller
Lynden, WA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

What is a star? How are stars formed? Students begin this series of lessons in Plaid Pete's Star Lab by examining inquiry charts that help them learn about the lifecycle of a star.

 
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2015 05 12 14 43 24
   

Solar Eclipse- Part 1

5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun and Earth Connection
5th Grade Science » Unit: The Sun and Earth Connection
Jennifer Mutch
Thousand Oaks, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

By creating and using pinhole viewers, students will get an opportunity to observe a partial solar eclipse while it is happening.

 
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partial solar eclipse
   

Day 2: The Passing of Time... Day/Night, Seasons, and Years

5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
Carrie Boyden
Fitchburg, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will create a diagram that shows the four seasonal positions of Earth during a year.

 
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back and forth students writing
   

Plaid Pete Is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe Unit Review

5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
Amy Miller
Lynden, WA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Students are given mini-scenarios with erroneous information that prompt them to make a claim and engage in an argument from evidence, in order to review what they have learned for the unit assessment.

 
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2015 05 19 09 51 42
   

Day Three of Plaid Pete's Star Lab

5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
5th Grade Science » Unit: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
Amy Miller
Lynden, WA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

How is the brightness of a star measured? Students sort data to discover patterns between magnitude and distance of various stars from Earth, and use Data Analysis Cards to interpret and communicate their data.

 
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2015 05 15 12 10 42
   

Part 2-The Light in Our Night Sky...Stars

5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
Carrie Boyden
Fitchburg, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will construct a Hertzsprung-Russel diagram to illustrate and explain how a stars distance contributes to the brightness that is seen on Earth.

 
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hr graph work
   

Part 1- The Structure Of Our Solar System

5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
Carrie Boyden
Fitchburg, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will create a scale model of the solar system to distinguish the distance of each planet from the sun.

 
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reading
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