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  • Astronomy Blast! Part 2: Seasons and Spheres

     Grade 5

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    Program Description
    2 hour program
    60 students
    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 and use 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!


    Pre-Visit Materials
    Lesson Plan
    Post Visit Materials

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

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

    5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe the ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and/or atmosphere interact.

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Analyzing and Interpreting Data
    Developing and using Models

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    Connections to Nature of Science
    Scientific Knowledge is Based on Empirical Evidence

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    ESS1.B Earth and the Solar System
    ESS2.A Earth Materials and Systems

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    System and System Models

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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