Thursday, August 4, 2016

Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

Here are some of the books our first graders will be reading during our space systems unit, which starts in January.  

In the Next Generation Science Standards, students learn that the sun rises and sets in a predictable pattern caused by the rotation of the earth around the sun.  We'll learn how the sun's light causes shadows.  We'll discover that the tilted axis of the earth and the earth's rotation create the seasons. Finally, we will explore the phases of the moon, and learn why stars can't be seen during the day.  We'll learn a little about astronauts and astronomers, both real and fictional. It's going to be a stellar ride!

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The Sun, the Solar System, 
and Seasons















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The Moon and Its Phases













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Stars and Early Astronomers








Hypatia was an early mathematician and astronomer, the first notable scholar of mathematics in ancient Alexandria, Egypt.  Her story shows what a difference it makes when a parent believes that a young child is capable of learning.


Galileo Galilei, who discovered that the earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around.



Maria Mitchell was the first American woman to become an astronomer.


Henrietta Leavitt devised a way to determine the brightness of stars, which in turn shows how far away from earth they are.

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Space and Astronauts




















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