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  • Grade 1 Earth's Movements and What We See in the Sky Storyline

    Students develop an understanding of when the Sun, Moon, and stars are visible and how they appear to move across the sky. Students model these patterns of movement, and investigate how the length of daytime varies during different seasons.

  • Going Green on Earth Day

    Additional Student Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable
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    Earth Day promotes awareness for protecting the planet throughout the year. Schools and students can do their part by "going green." On another environmental note, giant snakes called Burmese pythons are disrupting the natural Everglades food web. They consume prey animals that native predators rely on for survival. What will the future hold for this invasive species?

  • Going Green on Earth Day

    Additional Student Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable
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    Earth Day promotes awareness for protecting the planet throughout the year. Schools and students can do their part by "going green." On another environmental note, giant snakes called Burmese pythons are disrupting the natural Everglades food web. They consume prey animals that native predators rely on for survival. What will the future hold for this invasive species?

  • Going Green on Earth Day

    Additional Student Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable
    ">

    Earth Day promotes awareness for protecting the planet throughout the year. Schools and students can do their part by "going green." On another environmental note, giant snakes called Burmese pythons are disrupting the natural Everglades food web. They consume prey animals that native predators rely on for survival. What will the future hold for this invasive species?

  • Crocs and Gators Climb Trees and Use Tools, 3-D Printing Helps Animals, Martian Mystery Solved, and Get Involved in Earth Day

    Printable PDF Projectable

    Tool use is considered a mark of intelligence. Crocodiles and alligators have joined the ranks of animals that demonstrate this special ability. They place sticks on their head to lure birds close to their mouth. As another sign of intelligence, crocs and gators can climb trees to spot prey and bask in the sun. In other news, 3-D printing technology is helping injured animals; the mystery of the martian "doughnut" rock was solved; and April 22 is Earth day. Get involved!

  • Crocs and Gators Climb Trees and Use Tools, 3-D Printing Helps Animals, Martian Mystery Solved, and Get Involved in Earth Day

    Printable PDF Projectable

    Tool use is considered a mark of intelligence. Crocodiles and alligators have joined the ranks of animals that demonstrate this special ability. They place sticks on their head to lure birds close to their mouth. As another sign of intelligence, crocs and gators can climb trees to spot prey and bask in the sun. In other news, 3-D printing technology is helping injured animals; the mystery of the martian "doughnut" rock was solved; and April 22 is Earth day. Get involved!

  • Crocs and Gators Climb Trees and Use Tools, 3-D Printing Helps Animals, Martian Mystery Solved, and Get Involved in Earth Day

    Printable PDF Projectable

    Tool use is considered a mark of intelligence. Crocodiles and alligators have joined the ranks of animals that demonstrate this special ability. They place sticks on their head to lure birds close to their mouth. As another sign of intelligence, crocs and gators can climb trees to spot prey and bask in the sun. In other news, 3-D printing technology is helping injured animals; the mystery of the martian "doughnut" rock was solved; and April 22 is Earth day. Get involved!

  • Going Green on Earth Day

    Printable PDF Projectable
    ">

    Earth Day promotes awareness for protecting the planet throughout the year. Schools and students can do their part by "going green." On another environmental note, giant snakes called Burmese pythons are disrupting the natural Everglades food web. They consume prey animals that native predators rely on for survival. What will the future hold for this invasive species?

  • Going Green on Earth Day

    Printable PDF Projectable
    ">

    Earth Day promotes awareness for protecting the planet throughout the year. Schools and students can do their part by "going green." On another environmental note, giant snakes called Burmese pythons are disrupting the natural Everglades food web. They consume prey animals that native predators rely on for survival. What will the future hold for this invasive species?

  • Going Green on Earth Day

    Printable PDF Projectable
    ">

    Earth Day promotes awareness for protecting the planet throughout the year. Schools and students can do their part by "going green." On another environmental note, giant snakes called Burmese pythons are disrupting the natural Everglades food web. They consume prey animals that native predators rely on for survival. What will the future hold for this invasive species?

  • Maggots, Grubs, and Nymphs

    FOCUS Books
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    FOCUS books are reading opportunities that allow students to dig more deeply into the content presented in a science unit. This book explores the similarities and differences between fly maggots, beetle grubs, and cricket nymphs. This book is written at the middle of three reading levels.

  • Galaxies Far, Far Away

    FOCUS Books
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    FOCUS books are reading opportunities that allow students to dig more deeply into the content presented in a science unit. This book explores the nature of galaxies where they are located, their structure, and how astronomers find and study galaxies. This book is written at the middle of three reading levels.

  • Days and Moon Phases Teaching Tips

    Interactive Science Lessons
    Printable PDF Projectable

    The Interactive Science Lesson Teaching Tips provide connections to standards, questions to stimulate prior knowledge, a list of related resources, enriching vocabulary words, lesson-specific information, and a hands-on extension activity.

  • Days, Nights, Months, and Years

    Multimedia
    Video Discussion Questions

    Seymour and special guest, Rosie, investigate why we have day and night. They discuss the movement of the Earth in relation to the Sun, and they explain how days, months, and years are measured.

  • Days and Moon Phases - Part 1: How Earth Moves - low/mid

    Interactive Science Lessons
    Interactive Lesson

    Interactive Science Lessons are guided virtual explorations that engage students in learning and applying core science concepts and practices. How Earth Moves teaches students how Earth's rotation relates to days and nights. This is part 1 of 4 in the Days and Moon Phases lesson (low/mid level).

  • Days and Moon Phases - Part 1: How Earth Moves - high

    Interactive Science Lessons
    Interactive Lesson

    Interactive Science Lessons are guided virtual explorations that engage students in learning and applying core science concepts and practices. How Earth Moves teaches students how Earth's rotation relates to days and nights. This is part 1 of 4 in the Days and Moon Phases lesson (high level).

  • PBL Teaching Tips - Earth, Moon, and Sun

    Project-Based Learning Packs
    Printable PDF Projectable

    This lesson plan accompanies the PBL Pack for this unit and guides teachers through every phase of completing the PBL project. The tips include specific standards connections, background information for teachers, vocabulary support, recommended unit resources, Web links, suggested materials, and extension ideas.

  • The Solar System - mid
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    The book The Solar System takes the reader on an imaginary trip through our solar system. It provides details about the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, dwarf planets, and comets. Data tables contain each planet's diameter, distance from the Sun, periods of rotation and revolution, and number of moons, allowing the reader to compare the planets. The book highlights the fact that Earth is unique because it is the only known habitable place in the solar system.

  • Shadows Change Throughout the Day Assessment

    Storylines For NGSS
    Printable PDF Projectable

  • Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars - mid
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    The book Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars describes the Earth, Moon, and Sun, and explains how they each move in relation to one another. It explains that Earth rotates on its axis daily, which is why we experience day and night. It also explains that Earth revolves around the Sun once a year and that the Moon revolves around Earth about once a month. The Moon's position relative to Earth and the Sun causes us to see the Moon going through phases. The book helps readers understand why all of these movements are important in their lives. It also points out why Earth's position in space, relative to the Sun, is critical-it allows this planet to sustain life.

  • Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars - high
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    The book Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars describes the Earth, Moon, and Sun, and explains how they each move in relation to one another. It explains that Earth rotates on its axis daily, which is why we experience day and night. It also explains that Earth revolves around the Sun once a year and that the Moon revolves around Earth about once a month. The Moon's position relative to Earth and the Sun causes us to see the Moon going through phases. The book helps readers understand why all of these movements are important in their lives. It also points out why Earth's position in space, relative to the Sun, is critical-it allows this planet to sustain life.

  • Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars - low
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    The book Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars describes the Earth, Moon, and Sun, and explains how they each move in relation to one another. It explains that Earth rotates on its axis daily, which is why we experience day and night. It also explains that Earth revolves around the Sun once a year and that the Moon revolves around Earth about once a month. The Moon's position relative to Earth and the Sun causes us to see the Moon going through phases. The book helps readers understand why all of these movements are important in their lives. It also points out why Earth's position in space, relative to the Sun, is critical-it allows this planet to sustain life.

  • Earth Orbits the Sun (no audio)

    Multimedia
    Video Discussion Questions
    Courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio">

    Earth revolves around the Sun over the course of one year. As it orbits the Sun, Earth also rotates on its tilted axis. Earth's rotation and orbit determine day and night and the four seasons. (Video only)

    Courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

  • Days and Moon Phases - Part 3: Orbits of Earth and the Moon - low/mid

    Interactive Science Lessons
    Interactive Lesson

    Interactive Science Lessons are guided virtual explorations that engage students in learning and applying core science concepts and practices. Orbits of Earth and the Moon teaches students that Earth moves around the Sun and that the Moon moves around Earth. This is part 3 of 4 in the Days and Moon Phases lesson (low/mid level).

  • Days and Moon Phases - Part 3: Orbits of Earth and the Moon - high

    Interactive Science Lessons
    Interactive Lesson

    Interactive Science Lessons are guided virtual explorations that engage students in learning and applying core science concepts and practices. Orbits of Earth and the Moon teaches students that Earth moves around the Sun and that the Moon moves around Earth. This is part 3 of 4 in the Days and Moon Phases lesson (high level).

  • Modeling the Earth, Moon, and Sun

    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable

    Students work as a class to model the movements of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. Teaching tips are included.

  • Lesson Plan

    Storylines For NGSS
    Printable PDF Projectable

    Lesson Plan

  • Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars Book Quiz - Mid

    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable

    The Book Quiz provides an assessment of science content mastery and reading comprehension after students read the Earth, Moon, and Sun Unit Nonfiction Book. This quiz assesses students who read the mid level book.

  • Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars Book Quiz - High

    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable

    The Book Quiz provides an assessment of science content mastery and reading comprehension after students read the Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars Unit Nonfiction Book. This quiz assesses students who read the high level book.

  • Earth, Moon, Sun, and Stars Book Quiz - Low

    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable

    The Book Quiz provides an assessment of science content mastery and reading comprehension after students read the Earth, Moon, and Sun Unit Nonfiction Book. This quiz assesses students who read the low level book.

  • PBL Project Organizer - Earth, Moon, and Sun

    Project-Based Learning Packs
    Printable PDF Projectable

    This series of graphic organizers and worksheets provides information to guide student teams as they complete their project. The PBL Project Organizer for units in grades K-2 includes instructions written to the teacher, with additional support in the PBL Teaching Tips.

  • Life on Earth > Complete Investigation Pack

    Investigation Packs
    Printable PDF

  • Shadows and Earth's Surface

    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable

    Students observe how a curved surface affects the lengths of shadows at two different locations. Teaching Tips and suggested responses are included.

  • La Tierra, la Luna, el Sol y las estrellas - low
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    This book, translated into Spanish, describes the Earth, Moon, and Sun, and explains how they each move in relation to one another. It explains that Earth rotates on its axis daily, which is why we experience day and night. It also explains that Earth revolves around the Sun once a year and that the Moon revolves around Earth about once a month. The Moon's position relative to Earth and the Sun causes us to see the Moon going through phases. The book helps readers understand why all of these movements are important in their lives. It also points out why Earth's position in space, relative to the Sun, is critical-it allows this planet to sustain life. This book is the lowest of three reading levels.

  • La Tierra, la Luna, el Sol y las estrellas - mid
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    This book, translated into Spanish, describes the Earth, Moon, and Sun, and explains how they each move in relation to one another. It explains that Earth rotates on its axis daily, which is why we experience day and night. It also explains that Earth revolves around the Sun once a year and that the Moon revolves around Earth about once a month. The Moon's position relative to Earth and the Sun causes us to see the Moon going through phases. The book helps readers understand why all of these movements are important in their lives. It also points out why Earth's position in space, relative to the Sun, is critical-it allows this planet to sustain life.

  • La Tierra, la Luna, el Sol y las estrellas - high
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    This book, translated into Spanish, describes the Earth, Moon, and Sun, and explains how they each move in relation to one another. It explains that Earth rotates on its axis daily, which is why we experience day and night. It also explains that Earth revolves around the Sun once a year and that the Moon revolves around Earth about once a month. The Moon's position relative to Earth and the Sun causes us to see the Moon going through phases. The book helps readers understand why all of these movements are important in their lives. It also points out why Earth's position in space, relative to the Sun, is critical-it allows this planet to sustain life.

  • Earth's Changing Face - high
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    The book Earth's Changing Face explores some of the many ways our physical planet changes. It begins by describing Earth's layers--the crust, mantle, and core. Then the book addresses plate tectonics and how landforms on Earth's surface are formed. Next, the book details ways landforms change--sometimes very gradually and sometimes quickly--such as by weathering, erosion, and human activity. Finally, the book explains how rocks can change from one type to another during the rock cycle.

  • Martians--Right Here on Earth!

    Additional Student Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable

    Includes:

    • Warmer Climate, Bigger Mosquitoes
    • Cats Are More Independent than Dogs
    • New Car May Be Faster than a Speeding Sound Wave!
  • Martians--Right Here on Earth!

    Additional Student Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable

    Includes:

    • Warmer Climate, Bigger Mosquitoes
    • Cats Are More Independent than Dogs
    • New Car May Be Faster than a Speeding Sound Wave!
  • Martians--Right Here on Earth!

    Additional Student Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable

    Includes:

    • Warmer Climate, Bigger Mosquitoes
    • Cats Are More Independent than Dogs
    • New Car May Be Faster than a Speeding Sound Wave!
  • Changes to Earth's Surface Assessment

    Storylines For NGSS
    Printable PDF Projectable

  • All Earth, Moon, and Sun Concept Books

    Additional Student Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    This PDF contains all concept books from the unit: The Earth; The Moon; and The Sun.

  • Earth's Changing Face - low
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    The book Earth's Changing Face explores some of the many ways our physical planet changes. It begins by describing Earth's layers--the crust, mantle, and core. Then the book addresses plate tectonics and how landforms on Earth's surface are formed. Next, the book details ways landforms change--sometimes very gradually and sometimes quickly--such as by weathering, erosion, and human activity. Finally, the book explains how rocks can change from one type to another during the rock cycle.

  • Earth's Changing Face - mid
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    The book Earth's Changing Face explores some of the many ways our physical planet changes. It begins by describing Earth's layers--the crust, mantle, and core. Then the book addresses plate tectonics and how landforms on Earth's surface are formed. Next, the book details ways landforms change--sometimes very gradually and sometimes quickly--such as by weathering, erosion, and human activity. Finally, the book explains how rocks can change from one type to another during the rock cycle.

  • The Coldest Place on Earth - high
    Quick Reads
    Printable PDF Projectable

    This one-page article describes Antarctica as the coldest place on Earth and explains what kinds of plants and animals live there.

  • Earth's Surface - high
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    The book Earth's Surface introduces important concepts about Earth's surface and explains how this part of our planet is important for all living organisms. The book defines Earth's surface and identifies its two major components-land and water. It describes each component and explains how both land and water move and change.

  • Life on Earth > I.File > Komodo Island

    Investigation Packs
    Printable PDF Projectable

    I.Files allow each student in a group to read about a specific, high-interest topic related to unit concepts. Groups then discuss several files to identify common details in order to answer a Key Question. In this I.File, students learn about giant lizards that live on Komodo Island. This I.File is written at the middle of three reading levels.

  • Life on Earth > I.File > Greenland

    Investigation Packs
    Printable PDF Projectable

    I.Files allow each student in a group to read about a specific, high-interest topic related to unit concepts. Groups then discuss several files to identify common details in order to answer a Key Question. In this I.File, students learn about the animals and other unique features of Greenland.This I.File is written at the middle of three reading levels.

  • Life on Earth > I.File > Mammoth Cave

    Investigation Packs
    Printable PDF Projectable

    I.Files allow each student in a group to read about a specific, high-interest topic related to unit concepts. Groups then discuss several files to identify common details in order to answer a Key Question. In this I.File, students find out about the living things inside Mammoth Cave. This I.File is written at the middle of three reading levels.

  • Earth's Surface - mid
    Core Materials
    Printable PDF Projectable Double-Sided

    The book Earth's Surface introduces important concepts about Earth's surface and explains how this part of our planet is important for all living organisms. The book defines Earth's surface and identifies its two major components-land and water. It describes each component and explains how both land and water move and change.