Class selfie of 5-1's super fans, showing their spirit on Sports Day!
After creating models of their own and knowing the work that goes into making one, students appreciate a good model. This "Universe in a Box" helps us to understand why we see certain constellations during certain seasons and which constellations we can see during which months. If possible, go outside and see if you can find them!
Four groups worked together over a six-week period to research, prepare and present information in a debate. Would it be safe to live somewhere other than earth? Yes or No? Should the U.S. spend money on space exploration? Yes or No? Today's debate was an impressive team effort as both sides of each research question shared reasons and evidence for their perspective!
In groups, students researched and developed models to answer the following questions. They shared their models with the class and wrote constructed responses to answer their question.
1. If the sun is a star, why does it appear so large in the sky?
2. Why do we see stars only at nighttime?
3. How does gravity hold planets and moons in space in their orbits?
4. What are tides, and how are they caused by the moon?
5. How are the earth and the sun different in size?
6. How does the tilt of the earth cause seasons? What are the longest and shortest days of the year?
7. How does the earth’s orbit around the sun cause one year?
8. What causes eclipses? What’s the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse?