Sky Science.

Sky science is a vast  and exciting unit of study!

Here are some of the learning outcomes for this unit.

Take a look as how the planets in our system orbit the sun.

Take a look as how the planets in our system orbit the sun.

Take an out of this world view of our solar system.

Take an out of this world view of our solar system.

Each student will:

  • Recognize that the Sun and stars emit the light by which they are seen and that most other bodies in space, including Earth’s Moon, planets and their moons, comets, and asteroids, are seen by reflected light.  
  • Describe the location and movement of  individual stars and groups of stars (constellations) as they move through the night sky.
  • Recognize that the apparent  movement of objects in the night sky is regular and predictable, and explain how this apparent movement is related to Earth’s rotation.
  • Understand that the Sun should never be viewed directly, nor by use of simple telescopes or filters, and that safe viewing requires methods and safety precautions.
  • Construct and use a device for plotting the apparent movement of the Sun over the course of a day; e,g., construct and use a sundial or shadow stick.
  • Describe seasonal changes in the length of the day and night and in the angle of the Sun above the horizon.
  • Recognize that the Moon’s phases are regular and predictable, and describe the cycle of its phases.
  • Illustrate the phases of the Moon in drawings and by using improvised models.  An improvised model might  involve such things as a table lamp and a sponge ball.
  • Recognize that the other eight known planets, which revolve around the Sun, have characteristics and surface conditions that are different from Earth; and identify examples of those differences.
  • Recognize that not only Earth, but other planets, have moons; and identify examples of similarities and differences in the characteristics of those moons.
  • Identify technologies and procedures by which knowledge, about planets, and other objects in the night sky have been gathered.
  • Understand that Earth, the Sun and the Moon are part of a solar system that occupies only a tinny part of the known universe.

Read the Study Notes Provided here for a preview and review of our unit:

Science 6 Sky Science STUDY NOTES


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