There are similarities and differences betweens stars and planets. When students complete this unit, they shold understand and be able to answer the following questions:
- How do stars compare in terms of color, size, and pattern?
- How can students differentiate between planets and stars?
- Why do stars appear to be in the same position, and planets in different positions in the solar system at different times of the year?
- How do people study the solar system?
Topic 1- Star Characteristics
- Understand that galaxies are made up of stars.
- Recognizes that constellations are patterns of stars.
- Understand that stars come in various sizes and colors
Constellation Flash Cards
Topic 2- Planet Characteristics and Relation to Stars
- Identify stars as burning spheres of gas.
- Understand that a planet is a large object that moves around a star (sun).
- Identify and label different constellations (Big Dipper, Orion, and Little Dipper) and their positions in the solar system.
- Understand that the sun is the largest object in the solar system (star).
- Compare and contrast the differences and similarities between planets and stars using appearance, position, and number in the night sky.
Topic 3- Movements and Motion of Stars and Planets
- Describe, reenact, or explain the difference between revolution and rotation.
- Analyze why stars remain constant in the night sky and why people see them at specific times of the year.
- Summarize why planets can be seen in different locations in the solar system at different times.
Identify how technology is used to observe distant objects in the sky.
- Optical (Reflecting)Telescope
- Crewed Mission
- Space Probe
Tour of the International Space Station (Delete commentary and burn to disc)
Space Toilet! (YES! There are two of them!)
Here are some flash cards that might help with these terms. You may print them for use at home.
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