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Sherwoodian Astronomers!

Ms Annand, Chair of the Sherwood Supreme Astronomy School Council is running out of classroom space on Earth and is considering relocating its Grade Six Teachers and students to Outer Space. The Council is anxiously awaiting the results of your research mission. Your mission is to, individually, perform a series of ten tasks as detailed below and report back. Each task may consist of multiple activities involving a variety of technology, videos, and text that you will utilize to complete your mission.

Sky Science Research Foldable template: click here

Citing Sources link


Research Task 1 - How Big is Our Universe?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On a research foldable sheet (click here for template) discuss the following key questions. You must also indude a minimum of 3-5 interesting facts and one or more pictures. Source of information and picture must be cited on your page. The Supreme Council Chair's assistant will instruct you on how to cite.

What is the Universe?
How did the Universe begin?
How big is the Universe?
What is a light year



Big Bang Theory
http://www.space.com/13320-big-bang-universe-10-steps-explainer.html
Activity
http://www.pbs.org/deepspace/classroom/activity1.html
http://www.carolina.com/pdf/activities-articles/Light-Years-Worksheet.pdf

Vocabulary - Define the following words in your duotang

  • Universe
  • Light year
  • Astronomy
  • Calibrate
  • Gravity
  • Sun
Research Task 2 - Our Solar System Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a research foldable sheet (click here for template) discuss the following key questions. You must also indude a minimum of 3-5 interesting facts and one or more pictures. Source of information and picture must be cited on your page. Note: This topic will require two pages in your research foldable (Solar System Chart and Research page).

Page 1 - Pick a planet and conduct thorough research on your planet discussing the following characteristics: Atmosphere, surface, size, period of rotation, period of revolution, and what adaptations we Sherwoodians would need to live on your planet.

Page 2 - Our Solar System Chart

Assignment: Life on Other Planets

Cosmic poems
Pick a poem from the link below and illustrate it.
http://www.scottspeck.com/writing/poetry/index_universe.html
Planet Research
Identify general characteristics of the planets.  You may use the research guide provided.
Meet Edmund Halley
http://www.astronomy-for-kids-online.com/edmond-halley-biography.html

Vocabulary - Define the following words in your duotang

  • Planet
  • Satellite
  • Moon
  • Orbit
  • Revolution
  • Rotation
Research Task 3 - What is a Constellations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a research foldable sheet (click here for template) discuss the following key questions. You must also indude a minimum of 3-5 interesting facts and one or more pictures. Source of information and picture must be cited on your page.

Who is Orion, and what is the Big Dipper?
What is a constellation?
Who named them?

Big Dipper - http://www.astropix.com/HTML/SHOW_DIG/Big_and_Little_Dippers.HTM

Orion

Read the following legend.  Many constellations have legends that go with them.
http://www.comfychair.org/~cmbell/myth/orion.html


Now do some research and draw Orion and 2 other constellations.
Create your own constellation.  You will use this creation to write a legend in Language Arts about your constellation.

Vocabulary
Define the following words in your duotant

  • Constellation
  • Comet
  • Asterism
Research Task 4 - Space Probes - What they are and What they do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a research foldable sheet (click here for template) discuss the following key questions. You must also indude a minimum of 3-5 interesting facts and one or more pictures. Source of information and picture must be cited on your page.

Choose a space probe to research discussing:

What did it tell us. 
How is this different than how Ancient Greeks viewed the planets and stars?

What is a space probe?
A space probe is an unmanned craft which is sent into space to do research. When we want to get close up pictures and information about the planets, moons, comets, and asteroids in our Solar System, we send out space probes. Space probes can carry special cameras and instruments far out into the solar system. Some space probes study many planets and moons while flying past them. Others go into orbit around a planet or moon to study it more closely.
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/space_level1/probes.html


Research Task 5 - Astronomy Past & Present

 

 

 

 

 

On a research foldable sheet (click here for template) discuss the following key questions. You must also indude a minimum of 3-5 interesting facts and one or more pictures. Source of information and picture must be cited on your page.

When did we stop believing that Earth was flat?
Who were the early astronomers that paved the way for what we now know about the universe?
What is the difference between astronomy today and astronomy hundreds of years ago?

Now that you are an astronomer what would you like to explore in space and why?

http://listverse.com/2011/09/08/top-10-most-important-astronomers/
http://www.astronomy-for-kids-online.com/famousastronomer.html

 

Research Task 6 - Night & Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a research foldable sheet (click here for template) discuss the following key questions. You must also indude a minimum of 3-5 interesting facts and one or more pictures. Source of information and picture must be cited on your page.


What causes day and night?
What does this daily cycle tell us about our relationship to the sun?
How did people tell time before watches and clocks?

Go to the link and find out what causes night and day.
http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/daynight.htm

How did we tell time before watches? 
http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0855486.html
http://www.fi.edu/time/Journey/Sundials/aboutsd.htm

 

Make a sundial.
http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/english/whatson/pdf/astronomy-resources/paper-plate-sundial.pdf

Research Task 7 - Seasons

 

Why do we have seasons?
http://www.ducksters.com/science/seasons.php
http://www.educapoles.org/assets/swf/animations_loader.swf?path=/assets/uploads/flashanims_files/educanim1.2.swf&lg=en

How do the seasons affect the length of the day?
http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/media/services/thechildrensuniversityofmanchester/flash/~earthandbeyond_e_stamp.swf

What are the seasons like at the North Pole?

 

Research Task 8 -  Phases of the Moon


 

 

 

 

 

On a research foldable sheet (click here for template) discuss the following key questions. You must also indude a minimum of 3-5 interesting facts and one or more pictures. Source of information and picture must be cited on your page.

Moon Phases
http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/media/services/thechildrensuniversityofmanchester/flash/earthandbeyond_f.swf
http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/media/services/thechildrensuniversityofmanchester/flash/earthandbeyond_d_stamp.swf
Why does the Moon appear round one night and invisible another?
Is there a cycle to these changes?
Where does the word "month" come from?
What do we mean by "the dark side of the Moon"?

Vocabulary - Define waxing and waning in your duotang
Create a drawing explaining where the sun earth and moon are during each phase of the moon.

Research Task 9 - Eclipses

On a research foldable sheet (click here for template) discuss the following key questions. You must also indude a minimum of 3-5 interesting facts and one or more pictures. Source of information and picture must be cited on your page.

Every month the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun.
Why are there unusual times when the Moon completely blocks out the sunlight, and part of Earth is cast in darkness?

What 2 types of eclipses are there?
How does each one occur? 
When does each one occur?
http://www.mreclipse.com/Special/SEprimer.html

 

Research Task 10 - Tides

 

 

 

 

 

On a research foldable sheet (click here for template) discuss the following key questions. You must also indude a minimum of 3-5 interesting facts and one or more pictures. Source of information and picture must be cited on your page.

How often do tides occur? 
What causes tides?
How do tides affect life in the ocean?

Read the following and answer the questions at the end.
http://www.lessonsnips.com/docs/pdf/causestides.pdf
List three groups of people who are interested in tides. Why would they be interested?