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ELEMENTARY ASTRONOMY: EARTH'S PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE

 
Grades 1-2 and Grade 5
 
Students will model the movement of the Sun, Earth and the Moon to observe and analyze patterns in their positions at different times (ex: Summer and Winter Seasons). Students will act out and observe changes in shadows to predict the position of the Sun in the sky (ex: sunrise, sunset). Students will test and analyze rocks from Earth and from Space (meteorites) to look for patterns that can help group rocks together. All students will be given an opportunity to observe the Sun live through Kopernik’s Solar Telescopes, thus providing evidence of natural phenomena.
 
Learning Standards for Science:
1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
1-ESS1-2 Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.
2-ESS1-1 Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
5-ESS1-1. Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other 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, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
 
Learning Standards for Common Core English Language Arts:
• Participate in shared research
• Recall and gather information
• Reason abstractly and quantitatively
• Use tools appropriately
• Model with mathematics
 
Cost: $12.00 per student Chaperones are complimentary
Class Limit: Minimum class size = 16 students
Length of Program: 2 hours
 
 
 
 
 
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For more information on Extended Classroom, please contact:

Kathy Harasta
Phone: (607) 766-3731
Email: kharasta@btboces.org

Nicole Waskie-Laura
Phone: (607 766-3730
Email: nwaskiel@btboces.org
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