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Do you need to teach about the Sun’s brightness and the distance of stars? Students will love these exciting activities regarding the Sun’s brightness, the seasonal appearance of stars, and the daily changes of shadows. This resource uses phenomena to engage the students. Students will love these fifth-grade science lessons on Earth, the Sun, Distance to Other Stars, and Shadows.

This resource includes:

  • two informative slideshows
  • hands-on activities
  • labs
  • interactive notebook flaps
  • informational text passages
  • response pages
  • 5E lesson plans
  • worksheets
  • a quiz
  • answer keys

Teachers Love This Resource!

Tina ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

Just love the way the author really ties to the standard and has it so well planned out. The suggested schedule is really great. No busy work here. This is a rich standards-based unit. Just what I have come to expect from this author!

This resource addresses two of the 5th grade standards for NGSS from the Earth’s Place in the Universe strand.

5-ESS1-1. Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.

5-ESS1-2. Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.

Also aligned with Utah SEEd 4th grade standards.

Utah SEEd 4.4.1

Construct an explanation that differences in the apparent brightness of the Sun compared to other stars is due to scale. Emphasize relative distance from Earth, not sizes of stars.

Utah SEEd 4.4.2

Analyze and interpret data of observable patterns to show that Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun.

Students will love this 5th-grade unit for Earth and Space. Teachers will love the easy-to-use 5E lessons for 5th-grade science. This resource has over 77 pages/slides. It will take about 13 days to complete if all the pages are used.

Students will use science and engineering practices:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems.
  • Developing and Using Models.
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking.
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions.
  • Engaging in Argument from Evidence.
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.

Earth's Place Earth's Place

Created by Lynda R. Williams

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You can read more about this resource on my blog post here!