The Universe

Driving Question:

How does the interaction between our Earth, Moon and Sun affect us here in Liberty?

Learning Goals:

I can illustrate and describe how the sun appears to move slowly across the sky from east to west during the day.


I can illustrate and describe how the moon appears to move slowly across the sky from east to west during the day/night.


I can describe how the sun’s position in the sky changes the length and position of shadows.


I can describe the characteristics of the sun and the moon (e.g., our sun is a star because it provides light energy to the solar system and our moon is a reflection of light).


I can describe the pattern of change that can be observed in the Moon’s appearance relative to time of day and month as it occurs over several months (moon phases).


Our Universe

Just how big is our universe?

  1. Watch this Study Jams video about our Universe.
  2. Look at this link to read about the story of the Universe.
  3. What is something interesting that you just learned? Add a QUALITY comment to this Third Grade Today's Meet.
  4. Still want more? Check out this link with some interesting video lessons about our Universe.
  5. Or, have some fun visiting some of these sites about space.

Stars (The Sun)

1. Read this article about the sun. While reading the article, take notes on your worksheet that your teacher has added to Google Classroom. You may either print the worksheet and take notes with pencil, or you can take notes electronically on your Chromebook.

2. Watch this first video about stars. Be sure to pause the video to take notes.

3. Watch this second video about stars. Be sure to pause the video to take notes.

4. Watch this third video about stars. Be sure to pause the video to take notes.

5. Read this article about the sun. Be sure to take notes on your notes worksheet.

6. Visit this website to learn more about stars. Be sure to click on the extra links to learn more about different stars.

The Moon

As you watch these videos and read these articles, be sure to listen for the answer to these two questions:

-About how long does it take to go through one cycle of the moon phase?

-Where does the moon get its light from?


1. Read this article and be sure to take notes on your notes sheet.

2. Watch this video on the moon.

3. Read this article called Moon Shine.

4. Read this article called Moon Phases.

5. Watch this video next about the moon phases.

6. Here's some extra information about the moon.

7. Here's extra facts about the moon.


Can you draw and label the 4 main phases of the moon? If so, draw that on your notes sheet.

The Earth

While reading these articles and watching the videos, be sure to listen for some interesting facts to record on your notes sheet.


1. First, we will watch a Brain Pop Jr. about The Earth, together in class.

2. Read this article about the Earth.

3. Read this article carefully. There are lots of great facts in this one!

4. Listen to this song about our planet.

Shadows

Today we will be going outside 3 times to measure our shadow. We will be measuring it in the morning, after lunch and then at the end of the day.


1. Watch this video on shadows.

2. Here's another video to demonstrate how shadows work.

3. Read this article on light bouncing to form shadows.

4. Try this fun game and see how well you can make shadows.

5. When you're finished, try this short shadow quiz and see how well you can do.