Our Place in Space: Tracking the Earth's Path Around the Sun

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Author:
Jamie Repasky
Intended Grade Level(s):
1st
2nd
3rd
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Earth
sun
seasons
solar system
compass
compass rose
hemisphere
Earth’s axis
Estimated Activity Length:
6 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able describe how the Earth orbits the Sun and how the tilt of the planet creates the seasons by recording the ‘Sun’s path’ in our sky in the fall, winter, and spring.

During sessions in October, January, and April we will discuss observations about the weather during that season (temperature, length of day, precipitation) and explore how this relates to the Earth’s

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Our Place in Space: Cosmic Ray Detector

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Author:
Jamie Repasky
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
radiation
muons
ultraviolet (UV)
Energy
work
light
atmosphere
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

• Students will discuss how energy from the sun is transmitted in a variety of forms that perform different amounts of work. • Students will identify multiple pieces of evidence that demonstrate energy being transmitted from the sun.

The students will be introduced to solar radiation with an activity centered on using a

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Our Place in Space: Cosmic Rays

Average Rating:
0
Author:
Jamie Repasky
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
math
solar power
visible light
ultraviolet (UV)
infrared (IR)
Energy
Watt
atmospheric conditions
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will learn how the sun affects their school by measuring the temperature at different locations around the building in the fall, winter, and spring. They will learn how to measure solar energy and look for trends in temperature and solar power over the year. These trends will then be used to investigate how energy reaches Earth from the Sun.

Using a map of school buildings, students will pick four areas to monitor over the year using wireless weather stations and the Solar Power Meter. In a following lesson, students will use an online

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