Lesson Plan

Introduction to Astronomy

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.
Wagner P.
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Dubai American Academy
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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My Grades 6, 7
My Subjects Science

Identify and analyze the patterns of the motion of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.

Create a model that explains the relationships between the Sun, Earth and Moon including their rotations, revolutions, relative sizes and distances.



Grades 6
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After reviewing the lesson objectives on target sheet, teacher will "pretest" on what the students know about this topic to help identify common misconceptions, such as the sun is not rotating and revolving. We could even assess students using Google Form or Socrative (www.socrative.com) to gauge the students' background knowledge by having them complete a survey on what they know about particular content

2 WEBQUEST (Explore)

On a Google document, students will work in groups to complete a teacher-created webquest to allow them to research some information about the lesson topics (teacher needs to provide task, process, resource, evaluation, and conclusion). In this way, students' misconceptions can be "challenge" through their own investigation. Afterward, teacher would inform students that they would be creating an Astronomy video to educate the public or school community about the Earth, moon, and sun.


Relative size of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon

Distance relationships between the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon

Rotation vs Revolution

Rotation of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon

Revolution of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon (describe the bodies and how they rotate/revolve)

3 STORYBOARD (Explain)

Activity: Creating

To help students visually plan out their video, students would create a detailed script & storyboard (which would include specific criteria by the teacher). Before students begin filming, their script & storyboard must be approved and signed off by the teacher. http://freeology.com/wp-content/files/storyboard.pdf


Extension/Enrichment resources will be posted on Edmodo to further extend students' learning.


4. Remind students about their homework (practice & preparation)