MySci Unit 07 – Sun and Moon (PREVIEW)



Earth and Space Science:

Relative Positions of Sun, Earth and Moon, Patterns, and Seasons

How long is a day? A month? Observing objects and patterns in the day and night sky, students explore the cycles in their lives.

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MySci Unit 07 Preview

Suggested grade level: 1st

22 pages
2017-2018 edition

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  • Cristina Elizabeth

    We started the unit today. I created a parent letter, pictures to go with the vocabulary cards. As a class we read “Me and My Place in Space,” and created a KWL chart about the sun and moon. We can’t wait to start lesson 1 tomorrow!

    • skyler wiseman

      If you email me the parent letter and the pictures,, I will add them to the website and curriculum, giving you credit, of course! Thanks, Sky

  • Heather Klein

    I cut apart and taped the prompts for the picture cards in lesson 1. It helped keep me on track with the kids 🙂

  • Jamie Cargal

    I just wrapped up the Unit and we held a day of review and then took the assessment. I just wanted to comment about the first question on the assessment. The circling part was very difficult, even after the unit. The book and discovery videos teach the cycle in full detail and include the Gibbous. So, on the assessment, the kids were looking for a Gibbous to circle and trying to circle the phases in the full order that they happened. Even with giving a clue to help make them see what it wanted them to do, all but one missed this part. Plus, I had to think of different ways to word what it meant to circle the complete phase of the moon cycle. I would want to assess this in another way next year and at the very least change the way I teach the actual lesson on the moon phases so that this question doesn’t bring down their assessment score, when many of them could actually tell you the complete cycle.

    • skyler wiseman

      Dear Jamie,

      You brought up a very interesting point that I would love other educators to weigh in on. I went back and checked the NGSS and the GLEs. Here are the K GLEs:a. Observe the Moon
      can be seen sometimes at night and sometimes during the daytime

      b. Observe that the Moon appears to change
      shape over the course of a month,
      and the third grade is
      a. Illustrate and describe how the Moon appears to move slowly across the sky from east to west
      during the day and/or night
      b. 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 (Do NOT
      assess moon phases). The NGSS emphasizes patterns over phases.
      So do we change the activity, or the assessment? I think everyone would agree there is no harm in teaching the different phases, as long as we keep it in the context of observing patterns and how things in the night sky changes.