29.05.2018

Teaching kids the basic movements

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Click here for Table of Contents. Over 100 pages of ready-to-run materials covering: Teaching Constellations and using Azimuth and Altitude to lcoate celestial objects in the sky. Over 100 pages of ready-to-run materials covering: Moon Phases, Moon Features, Eclipses and Teaching kids the basic movements, Evidence for Rotation and Revolution, and Seasons on Earth. Click here to download a printable Pdf!

Looking back on my 30 year teaching career, this one lesson is most representative of my teaching philosophy: Hands-on, active, meaningful, engaging learning. For many years, my Earth Science classes measured the Sun’s movement across the sky for three seasons and plotted and studied what that meant. It was one of the most meaningful and exciting things I’ve ever done. You are welcome to use these ideas in your classroom, within your science department, within your school district, or to distribute to any teacher who may find these lessons useful. You cannot sell these lessons or make a profit on them in any way. Do not copy and paste lessons onto your website.

A link to the original is to be used. Do not claim these lessons as your own work. Relate Earth’s night and day to Earth’s rotation. Relate Earth’s seasons to Earth’s revolution. Describe the Earth as a magnet. Describe the features and movements of the Moon.

Relate the motions of the Moon, Earth, and Sun to the Moon’s phases. Relate the motions of the Moon, Earth, and Sun to both Eclipses. Relate the motions of the Moon, Earth, and Sun to Tides. Apply the Nebular Theory of the formation of the solar system. Compare and contrast the four main layers of the Sun. Compare and contrast planetary revolution and rotation. Identify special characteristics of the planets in the solar system.

Identify, locate and describe the motions of several constellations. Define and use several units of distance in space. Compare and contrast the properties of the sun with other stars. Discuss the different ways star brightness is measured. Relate the original mass of a star to its life cycle. Discuss the evidence that supports the Big Bang Theory.