Text Set Resources
Sixth Grade Earth Science
Earth Science. 6.E.1Understand the earth/moon/sun system, and the properties, structures and predictable motions of celestial bodies in the Universe.
Different forms of Text to Address this Standard:
The Earth-Moon-Sun System in Physical Science with Earth Science
This textbook gives a very simple yet very informative view of these and how they relate to each other. The way in which this textbook builds upon information makes it easier to understand and goes along with the way in which a student’s thought process works, making it easier to understand. It has content specific information that directly relates to the standard while making it visually appealing. This makes this textbook a great resource for teaching about the relation of the Earth, Moon, and Sun, their movement, and relation to each other as they appear in the solar system. This also fits the developmental level of the students. It uses a lot of tier three words as well as tier two words that will be challenging for the students but is simple enough to understand the content. Although this choice is not very good for diverse learners, it does offer visual and auditory supplements via the Internet. It is very colorful and has many pictures, so this could help visual learners.
Our Solar System
Although this standard specifically addresses the Sun, Earth, and Moon, it is important that students understand the whole solar system in order to understand the way the these three bodies work. This book outlines all of the physical and movement properties of each planet. It especially goes into detail about the Sun, Earth, and Moon. The grade level of this book is at the developmental level of the students in sixth grade. Pictures in this book are realistic so that this enhances the information in the text. I think that this would also work for diverse learners such as visual and even learners with language difficulties because the pictures bolster the text. Any student with a language difficulty could view the pictures and read the simple captions to understand the majority of the text. This text also has short passages with headings that could make it easier for any students that have difficulty reading long grade level passages. If the teacher wanted to use this specifically for the standard, only the section with the Sun, Earth, and Moon could be read.
Web Based Resource: Video
Physical Science 9.2a - The Earth Moon Sun System
This video is a great resource to demonstrate the relative sizes of the sun, earth, and moon to each other. At the developmental stage that sixth grade students are at, there still may be confusion about the size of each of these bodies and how far away from each other they are. Students at this age, students may have seen other visuals that are not to scale, which will foster misconceptions. This video gives a great demonstration of the relative size of these bodies to each other so that students can see a scale size and understand just how small the earth and moon are and how big the sun is. This video also uses language that is developmentally appropriate for sixth grade students and has clear language with correct language functions. This works with the standard because it addresses the relativity of the sun, earth, and moon to each other within the solar system. This meets auditory learners, visual learners, and potentially ELL students. This would be good for ELL students because it gives a visual for a very complex topic with simple language.
The Solar System
This visual is great because it directly addresses many different aspects of the standard. This standard can be taken in many directions and this visual gives a lot of information on any different topics within the standard. This visual would be great for a variety of students. It uses pictures and color for visual learners. It uses mnemonics and designated vocabulary, which could help students with learning disabilities. This is an excellent resource because it covers order of planets, appearance of planets, other celestial masses, orbits, eclipses, and vocabulary in a visually appealing and cohesive visual model.
The Earth-Moon-Sun System. (2006). In Physical Science with Earth Science (pp. 184-
215). New York, New York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.
Seymour, S. Our solar system. New York, New York: Morrow Junior Books.
Web Based Video:
Physical Science 9.2a: The Earth Moon Sun System [Motion picture]. (2009). Youtube.com.