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Subject: Science (4 - 6), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Sun, Earth, and Moon: Calendar of Events
Description: During this lesson students are going to take a look at moon phases and sunrise-sunset times in order to learn about daylight hours. Students discover that we do not always have the same amount of daylight each day. This lesson is best completed in December and January.


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Subject: Science (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Our Restless Planet
Description: This unit will use demonstrations and student examples to help students gain an understanding of rotation, revolution, and orbit. Through hands-on activities students will explore the concepts of day and night. Technology will be incorporated using presentation software for students to share the knowledge they have acquired.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Sun and the Earth     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the relationship between the Earth and the Sun and how this relationship affects observable phenomena on Earth, such as the change of seasons. This activity serves to reinforce these concepts by having students diagram the Earth and Sun during different seasons.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science
Title: Exploring the Solar System     
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to introduce students to Earth's moon and the eight other planets in our solar system. Students learn about the geology, composition and orbits of other planets by planning a trip to another planet.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Phases of the Moon
Digital Tool: Lunar Phases
Digital Tool Description: This interactive gives you a chance to view the Moon from a usual place-standing on the ground in the northern hemisphere, looking south-and, simultaneously, from an unusual place-in space, far above the North Pole of the Earth. The combination of these two vantage points makes clear the connection between the Moon's location in its orbit, its appearance in the sky, and the time of day. *Introduction tab of interactive


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Title: Fly Me to the Moon- A Virtual Field Trip
Digital Tool: Video Tour of the Moon
Digital Tool Description: Provided by Nasa, this tool will show the students the different surfaces of the moon. The video views all sides of the moon and the interesting surfaces one would encounter on a trip to the moon.


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Title: Moon Phases
Digital Tool: Phases of the Moon - Hip Hop Song (free)
Digital Tool Description: Phases of the Moon hip hop song is a free download through "Songs of Higher Learning". This song teaches the phases and explains why the moon appears to change shape over the course of a month. It is a fun, catchy tune that students quickly learn.


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Title: What Can Satellites Do?
Digital Tool: Wonderopolis Videos
Digital Tool Description: This Wonder of the Day will help you learn more about some things that it would be hard to imagine living without…but that we can’t see! Have you ever wondered… What can satellites do? How many satellites orbit the Earth? When was the first satellite launched into orbit? Did you know?Without these things, our daily lives would look much different. Some of us couldn’t watch television. Some of us couldn’t figure out how to navigate from one place to another when traveling. Some of us could be endangered by bad weather that we didn’t know was coming. What are we talking about? Satellites, of course!


ALEX Podcasts


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Phases of the Moon
Overview:
The great visual pictures and demonstrations included in this podcast are sure to catch the interest of young astronomers. Two sixth grade girls explore and demonstrate the eight phases of the moon. First they explain why we have moon phases. Next, the girls described each moon phase and provide visual representations through pictures. Finally, they demonstrate a short hands-on activity students can complete themselves to display each phase of the moon.


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Lesson Plans


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Sun, Moon, and Earth
http://my-ecoach.com...
This website has a computer theme lesson on the relationship of the earth, sun and moon.

Podcasts


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Phases of the Moon
http://teachers.henr...
Moon Phases is an interactive site for students to learn different phases of the moon.

Informational Materials


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Moon Phases Webquest
http://mrscienceut.n...
This is a web quest that allows students to explore the phases of the moon and the causes of each. Some embedded videos are from YouTube.

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Phases of the Moon
http://teachers.henr...
This site has games and videos to explain and assess students' understanding of the phases of the moon.

Interactives/Games


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Science Games for Kids
http://www.scienceki...
This site contains fun science games for kids while learning more about science and technology. This site is free to use.

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Phases of the Moon
http://teachers.henr...
Moon Phases is an interactive site for students to learn different phases of the moon.

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Moon Phases Webquest
http://mrscienceut.n...
This is a web quest that allows students to explore the phases of the moon and the causes of each. Some embedded videos are from YouTube.

Learning Activities


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Science Games for Kids
http://www.scienceki...
This site contains fun science games for kids while learning more about science and technology. This site is free to use.

Save to ALEX | Share Share | Show Details
Phases of the Moon
http://teachers.henr...
Moon Phases is an interactive site for students to learn different phases of the moon.

Save to ALEX | Share Share | Show Details
Moon Phases Webquest
http://mrscienceut.n...
This is a web quest that allows students to explore the phases of the moon and the causes of each. Some embedded videos are from YouTube.

Save to ALEX | Share Share | Show Details
Phases of the Moon
http://teachers.henr...
This site has games and videos to explain and assess students' understanding of the phases of the moon.

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