4 week unit
1. Students should know that galaxies and nebulas
are major components of the Universe.
2. Students should know that the Universe is
everything, while the Solar System is a subset within the Milky Way
3. Students should recognize that the brightness
of stars at night is relative.
4. Students should recognize that rotation means
an object spins around an internal axis.
5. Students should be able to define revolution as
the orbit of an object around another object.
6. Students should be able to compare revolution
7. Students should be able to distinguish the
terrestrial planets from the gas planets.
8. Students should understand what an eclipse is
and how it occurs.
9. Students should recognize that water, ice,
wind, and other surface processes create landforms on the Earth.
10. Students should realize that maps are
OVERVIEW OF THIRD GRADE
PRE: Contrasting different components of the Universe.
LAB: Comparing and contrasting stars.
POST: Comparing relative and absolute brightness.
PRE: Distinguishing between
revolution and rotation.
LAB: Discovering the terrestrial planets.
POST: Investigating the gas giants.
PRE: Comparing lunar and solar eclipses.
LAB: Discovering how landforms are created on Earth.
POST: Exploring the reasons for seasons.
PRE: Describing different
types of maps.
LAB: Exploring how to make a map.
POST: Comparing maps and globes.
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