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Sun and Moon Patterns That Can Be Predicted

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Students will observe the Sun and moon to describe patterns that can be predicted. Patterns include Sun rising, moving across the sky sunsetting, using shadows to determine the position of the Sun, moon phases, and more. I want students to make sense of science and understand what is happening through these five labs. Labs will use phenomena and observation. Students will collect data and form ideas.

This resource includes a slide show, six labs, worksheets, moon phase cards, and more. Materials needed are easy to find household materials.

This resource is designed to meet the NGSS First Grade standard:

NGSS 1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. [Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns could include that the sun and moon appear to rise in one part of the sky, move across the sky, and set; and stars other than our sun are visible at night but not during the day.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment of star patterns is limited to stars being seen at night and not during the day.]

This resource is also aligned with the Utah SEEd First Grade Standards:

Utah SEEd Standard 1.1.1 Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the movement of the Sun, Moon, and stars to describe predictable patterns. Examples of patterns could include how the Sun and Moon appear to rise in one part of the sky, move across the sky, and set; or how stars, other than the Sun, are visible at night but not during the day. (ESS1.A)

Standard 1.1.3 Design a device that measures the varying patterns of daylight. Define the problem by asking questions and gathering information, convey designs through sketches, drawings, or physical models, and compare and test designs. Examples could include sundials for telling the time or tracking the movement of shadows throughout the day. (ESS1.B, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C)