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Space Science



Students will be learning about various aspects of space science.  It will divided into 4 or 5 units.  Students should have an understanding of the following things once we are done:


*Understand that some planets have a moon or moons that orbit them. 
*Understand that planets orbit the sun due to their gravitational attraction to the sun, and that moons orbit around planets due to their gravitational attraction to the planets.
*Understand that Pluto is classified as a dwarf planet.
*Understand that all planets travel in an elliptical orbit around the sun.
*Identify basic planetary composition of the eight major planets.
*Understand that there are discoveries that have been made and missions that are being conducted. (Current events)
*Explain that Earth is one of several planets to orbit the sun, and that the moon orbits Earth.
*Explain/compare the differences between comets, asteroids, and meteoroids.
*Demonstrate an understanding of the eight major planets in the solar system and their planetary position in relation to the sun
*Understand that the sun is a star and that it is the closest star to Earth.
*Understand that stars appear in patterns (constellations) and are used for navigation.
*Identify the general size and composition of the sun.
*Understand that there are current and new discoveries related to stars and the sun.   (Current events)
*Explain that stars are like the sun, some being smaller and some larger, but so far away that they look like points of light.
*Compare the size and distance of the sun in relationship to Earth and other planets.
*Know that it takes Earth 365 days to revolve around the sun and that this results in the various seasons.
*Describe how night and day are caused by Earth's rotation and that it takes Earth 24 hours to rotate on its axis once.
*Know that Earth’s axis is tilted at 23.5 º.
*Understand that the average daily temperature is related to the amount of direct sunlight that is received. 
*Understand the difference between weather and climate.
*Understand seasonal weather patterns and natural weather hazards as they occur in various regions of the world.