Unit 1: Space

How are models used to understand space phenomenon?

In this unit, we’ll look at how scientists and engineers create models from observation in order to better understand space phenomenon, including the sun-earth-moon system, planets, and galaxies. We’ll learn about gravity and the Law of Universal Gravitation, while constantly fostering curiosity and questioning our exploration.

Students will be assessed on 4 standards (Performance Expectations) on the Summative Project, in which students create a planet guidebook of their choice. Click on a PE below to learn more.

  • ESS1-1: Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.
  • ESS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. 
  • ESS1-3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
  • PS2-4: Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.
moon rotation 1

Why do we only see one side of the moon?