Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding The Moving Moon - Section 1: Lesson Overview


I planned this unit in a series of topics to help the students make connections in earth science. I think the lessons need to be strategically planned to help the students see the connection that the sun, stars, and moon all move from east to west. I began with a lesson introducing the sun, moon, and stars. Then I taught about the seasons, since my students already have some prior knowledge of these topics. 

After studying the seasons we studied the sun. Then we connected the stars to the sun. Finally, we studied the moon. The way I planned the lessons really help the students build their understanding of the earth, sun, and moon. The unit goes from basic to most complex. In addition the lessons go from reading and illustrating to the students engaging in scientific observations. 

  Making Connections
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Making Connections
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The Moving Moon

Unit 5: The Sun, Earth, and Moon
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT determine a pattern in the movement of the moon.

Big Idea: Explore the pattern of the moon in the sky by reading, making observations, and applying this new knowledge to an activity.

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