•  Seasons and Phases

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    **PLANETARIUM PROGRAM ** (class size limit 60-65)

    Textbooks show us the phases of the moon from the point of view of an observer from outer space looking at the Sun/Earth/Moon system. While that is helpful for some concepts, we seek to understand what we see from the point of view of observers on planet Earth! The same can be said about the seasons. Diagrams are great, but how do we make sense of it all from just looking up? The unique environment of the planetarium allows us to immerse ourselves into making these observations that normally would take months and even a year to complete. In the course of two hours, we will move beyond the textbooks and allow students to build their own conceptual understanding of what they see by making and recording realisitic observations of the sky Interwoven into the science are threads of history… from how ancient cultures interpreted and applied the knowledge gained from the sky, to how we as modern day scientists interpret and apply that same knowledge!
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    Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)  MCCRS- RELA & Math


    MS. Space Systems

    MS-ESS1-1.  Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

    ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System: This model of the solar system can explain eclipses of the sun and the moon. Earth’s spin axis is fixed in direction over the short-term but tilted relative to its orbit around the sun. The seasons are a result of that tilt and are caused by the differential intensity of sunlight on different areas of Earth across the year. (MS-ESS1-1)



    ELA/Literacy -

    SL.8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.

    Mathematics -
    MP.4 Model with mathematics.
    6.RP.A.1 Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.
    7.RP.A.2 Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.