Each cell, under a specific grade level contains 3 lesson plans and student worksheets per week.  Multimedia activities, web links, and dictionaries can also be found.  Lesson plans increase in difficulty through the grades.  Each grade level builds knowledge in a logical sequence. When printing directly from the Internet Explorer, the pages have to be set up before printing.  Click here for instructions. Printable version and workbooks can be downloaded by clicking here. Printable version of the below Scope and Sequence click here.

  K 1 2 3 4 5 6
(1 week)
Comparing Distance in Space Light in the Universe Stars and Constellations Components of Galaxies Comparing Galaxies Components of the Universe Astronomy and Astrology
Solar System
(1 week)
Comparing Planets Surface of the Moon Identifying Planets Earth Movements Craters  Comparing Planets Movement of the Earth
(1 week)
Modeling the Earth Rotation of the Earth  Examining the Earth's Surface Comparing Landforms Earth/Moon System Forces of Erosion Landform Evolution
(1 week)
Land and Water Learning Geographic Relief Making Maps Use of Maps Interpretations of Maps Mapping Relief Uses of Maps

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Universe at a Glance

The Universe Cycle helps explain how the Universe and the Solar System were initially formed. Students learn that there are many theories on how the Universe was created. Atoms of hydrogen (the simplest element) probably were floating around each other (either with a bang or a whimper) and formed stars. Star formation led the way for planet formation (either hot or cold). Once planets, like those in our solar system formed, each planet then evolved independently. The characteristics of our planets depend on how close we are to the Sun; how fast it spins; and how their internal engines work. 

In the Classroom

Hands-on activities teach studenst about the acts and fantasies of the Universe. They look at the Universe and its components like galaxies or nebulas. Students then look at our Solar System. They trace movements and compare and contrast the planets. Students, examine the Earth's relationship with the Moon and the entire Solar System. Geographic locations, reading maps, and learning how to plot data are also explored.