Unit 2: Traveling through Space

Essential Question: What forces keep the solar system together and how can we use this knowledge to plot a telescope route through space?


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.

  • Formative Assessment (practice): Task 1 Student Guide
  • Summative Assessment (graded): Task 1 Project Organizer
  • This standards wants you to be able to:
    1. Make a model of the Earth-sun-moon system
      • Indicate the accuracy of the model size and distance
      • Identify scale limitations of the model
    2. Use the model to describe the relationships between the Earth, Sun, & Moon
      • Rotation of Earth
      • Rotation of Moon
      • Revolution of Moon around Earth
      • Revolution of Earth/Moon around Sun
    3. Use patterns from observation to explain SEM events or phenomena
      • Moon phases
      •  Eclipses
      • Seasons
    4. Use the model to make predictions about SEM events

ESS1-3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

  • Formative Assessment (Practice): Task 2 and Task 2 Project Organizer
  • Summative Assessment (Graded): Task 2 Assessment

This standards wants you to be able to:


ESS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

  • Formative Assessment (Practice): Task 3 and Task 3 Project Organizer
  • Summative Assessment (Graded): Culminating Project
    • Revision Option: TBD

This standards wants you to be able to:

 


PS2-3: Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.


PS2-5: Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.