FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Sun, Moon, and Planets (3rd Ed.)

The Sun, Moon, and Planets Module has four investigations that focus on Earth's place in the solar system. In this module, students will

  • Observe and compare shadows during a school day.
  • Relate the position of the Sun in the sky to the size and orientation of an object's shadow.
  • Use physical models to explain day and night.
  • Record observations of the night sky.
  • Observe and record changes in the Moon's appearance every day for a month.
  • Analyze observational data to discover the sequence of changes that occur during the Moon's phase cycle.
  • Make and interpret a model of the Earth, Moon, and Sun system.
  • Classify planets by their various properties.
  • Record and display the organization of the solar system graphically.
  • Identify several constellations as stable, predictable patterns of stars.
  • Use models to build explanations.

For a description of each investigation in the Sun, Moon, and Planets Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.

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