Unit 5 Assignments
Electromagnet Animation

MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-5

The Solar System

MS-PS2-4, MS-ESS1-2
Earth, Sun, Moon Cycles
 Bundle 5 How can objects interact at a distance?
MS-ESS1-1  Evidence Statement
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.
[Clarification Statement: Examples of models can be physical, graphical, or conceptual.]
Additionally, these ideas about forces that act at a distance can be connected to the concept that gravitational forces are always attractive; there is a gravitational force between any two masses, but it is very small except when one or both of the objects have large mass—e.g., Earth and the sun (PS2.B as in MS-PS2-4). Then, gravitational forces connect to the concepts that the solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them (ESS1.B as in MS-ESS1-3 and MS-ESS1-2) and this model of the solar system can explain eclipses of the sun and the moon. Earth’s spin axis is fixed in direction over the short-term but tilted relative to its orbit around the sun. The seasons are a result of that tilt and are caused by the differential intensity of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year (ESS1.B as in MS-ESS1-1).

Quia Quiz: Lunar Cycle, Seasons, & Eclipses (M)

Take every day before sleeping!

Vocabulary Review Activities

 BrainPop Animations and Practice QuizesBrainPop

PearsonPPT-ThumbLunar Cycle Slideshow


Vocabulary - Glossary

Earth, Moon, and Sun  Chapter 1 Section 1: Pages 12-23:

Phases, Eclipses, and Tides: Chapter 1, Section 2 Pages 24-34

Earth's Moon Chapter 1, Section 4 Pages 39-45

Science Skills Handbook
Appendix: Pages 202-214:
Process Skills Packet

Labs & Videos
Gizmos Phases of the Moon

Gizmos Sun Earth Moon- Seasons

Moon Animation
Gizmos Eclipses

Gizmos Tides

Moon Animation
Calendar.com - Moon phases

Moonconnection.com -

Calendar informational pages
NASA Starchild
NASA.Gov Starchild

Space Place at Nasa.Gov

Home Oreo Moon Activity
Nasa Moon Page
NASA Moon Page

informational page
Bill Nye Moon
and quiz

PH Science Explorer
Earth, Moon, Sun
Bill Nye Seasons
and quiz
Bill Nye Outer Space
and quiz
Bill Nye Sun
and quiz

Tik Liem Home Activities

Lunar Cycle Activity

Seasons Activity
Study Jams
  1. A day on Earth
  2. The Moon
  3. Inner Planets



Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

project to share
Reading & Math Work

Math and DataMath Logo
Projects by Learning Style and Media Type
Silver Sensing THinking Hand Sensing-Thinking (Mastery)
  1. Create a diagram that shows the rock cycle and label its parts.
Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Sensing-Feeling (Interpersonal)
A time when you...
  1. Show how __________________are used by  humans.
Intuitive Thinking-Head Intuitive-Thinking (Understanding)
Playing with facts

  1. Create a diagram that compares or contrasts different parts of the rock cycle.
Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

  1. Show how ___________.

  1. Make a video or animation of atoms  (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.

  1. Create a PowerPoint, ToonDoo, or other graphic that shows one of the projects above.

garagebandPodcast Audio

  1. Make a radio show, podcast, or song about the elements (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.
ArtistMusicianLive Presentation Project

  1. Make a poster, play, song or cartoon showing your understanding of the elements in its many forms.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
Astronomy is the studyof the moon, stars, and other objects in space.
Earth Orbit and Rotation Earth's motion
  • rotates around its axis in 24 hours (1 day)
  • revolves around the sun in an orbit in 365.25 days (1 year)
Seasons Earth's seasons
  • The longest daylight is the summer solstice (sun stops)
  • The shortest daylight is the winter solstice.
  • Equinox is when day and night are equal in length
    • spring: vernal equinox
    • fall: autumnal equinox
    • 365 days at the equator
  • the axis is tilted so that the North points away from the sun at winter solstice and towards the sun at summer solstice.
Lunar Phases Lunar (Moon) Phases: 
  • The angle of the moon viewed from Earth causes the moon to appear to change shape in the Lunar Cycle
    1. New Moon : no moon, in Earth's shadow
    2. Waxing: crescent (sliver), quarter (half a circle), gibbous (egg shaped) light on the right
    3. Full Moon : Complete circle
    4. Waning : gibbous (egg shaped), quarter (half a circle), crescent (sliver) light on the
Solar Eclipse Eclipse: When one object blocks the sun's light and creates a shadow on another object.
  • Penumbra: the lighter, larger part of the shadow caused beacause of the angles of light from different sides of the sun.
  • Umbra: darkest part of the shadow
  • Solar Eclipse is when the moon creates a shadow on Earth.
  • Lunar Eclipse is when a full moon passes into Earth's shadow.
Tides Tides:  Earth's oceans rise and fall as the moon's gravity pulls water around the globe.
  • High tides happen every 12 hours close and opposite of the moon.
  • Low tides happen 6 hours after high tide. 
Moon Earth's Moon:  was likely formed from the debris thrown out when another planet collided with Earth long ago.
  •  It is about 3,476 kilometers in diameter, has low gravity, no breathable atmosphere, and is covered in craters from being hit by asteroids, meteoroids, and other objects.
Sun Subsurface Sun:  is the heart of the solar system and is 99.8% of its mass. Its burning atmosphere is in the millions of degrees Celsius.