Grade 4 : Standard 6 - The Universe
Conceptual Strand 6
The cosmos is vast and explored well enough to know its basic structure and operational principles.
Guiding Question 6
What big ideas guide human understanding about the origin and structure of the universe, Earth’s place in the cosmos, and observable
motions and patterns in the sky?
Grade Level Expectations
Checks for Understanding
State Performance Indicators
GLE 0407.6.1 Analyze patterns, relative movements, and relationships among the sun, moon, and earth.
0407.6.1 Chart the movements of the sun, moon, and earth to develop an explanation for the phases of the moon and solar and lunar eclipses.
0407.6.2 Sequence the major phases of the moon during a lunar cycle.
SPI 0407.6.1 Organize the phases of the moon in the correct sequence.
SPI 0407.6.2 Infer that the moon’s phases are caused by the revolution of the moon and earth around the sun.
Lesson Plans with Old Standards
How the Solar System Was Formed
Brain Pop - Big Bang Theory http://www.brainpop.com/science/space/bigbang/
How the Solar System was Created http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/science/virtual_labs/E28/E28.swf
Watch video - Explains how Solar System Found
Brain Pop - Solar System http://www.brainpop.com/science/space/solarsystem/
BBC Space Jigsaw Puzzle http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/playspace/games/jigsaw/jigsaw.shtml
Planets Sizes and Distances
Measure each planet and chart at How the Solar System was Created http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/science/virtual_labs/E28/E28.swf
Computer Activities to View the Size of the Planets
Planet Mass Comparison - Uses T scale to weigh the planets.) http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/MESSENGER/Interactives/ANIMATIONS/Planet_Mass_Comparison/PlanetMassComparison.html
Planet Size Comparison (View 2 planets of your choice to see comparative sizes.) http://btc.montana.edu/ceres/MESSENGER/Interactives/ANIMATIONS/Planet_Size_Comparison/PlanetSize.html
Outside Activities to Illustrate the Size of the Solar System
How Big is the Solar System? http://www.noao.edu/education/peppercorn/pcmain.html
The Size and Distance of the Planets http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/AtHomeAstronomy/activity_10.html
Characteristics of Each Planet
Earth - The Water Planet http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/samoset/water1a.swf
Illustration of Shadows http://www.phys.ksu.edu/gene/shadow.gif
Light and Shadows Lesson Plans with Worksheets & Quiz
BrainPop Jr. The Moon http://www.brainpopjr.com/science/space/themoon/preview.weml
Take It To Your Seat Science Centers Grades 3-4 "Phases of the Moon" pages 33-45
Phases of the Moon http://aspire.cosmic-ray.org/labs/moon/lunar_phase3.swf