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  • Astronomy Blast Part 1: Stars and Constellations

     Grade 5

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    Astro Blast Part 1

    Program Description

    2 hour program
    60 students  (transportation is grant funded fall 2019 for PGCPS)


    There are so many wonderful astronomy objectives for fifth grade that we have decided to cover them all in a two-part program called “Astronomy Blast!”. Come for both parts, or come for only one, as best suits your schedule. Part 1 is offered second quarter, covering PE 5-ESS1-1 and 5-ESS1-2, focusing on stellar magnitudes and constellations through the seasons. Students will use data to make claims anduse the planetarium to make observations to gather evidence to support their claims. Part 2 is offered third quarter, covering PE 5-ESS1-2, focusing on observations of the Sun through the seasons and its seasonal impact on the Earth’s hydrosphere and atmosphere. Students will have the opportunity to identify atmospheric gases using diffraction grating glasses they can keep! (Planetarium Program)

    Pre-Visit Materials
    Lesson Plan
    Post Visit Materials (updated 8/27/18)

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that the apparent brightness of the sun and stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth.

    5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows (covered in Part 2) , day and night (Part 1) and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky (Part 1).

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence
    Analyzing and Interpreting Data
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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Scientific Knowledge is Based on Empirical Evidence

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    ESS1.A the Universe and its Stars
    ESS1.B Earth and the Solar System

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
    W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
    SL.5.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
    MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    MP.4 Model with mathematics