Sun, Moon and Earth

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In this activity, students make a model of the Sun, Earth and Moon and play a matching game. They learn that the Earth revolves around the Sun and the Moon around the Earth.


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Students learn that the Sun is a star and some additional characteristics about the Sun, Earth, and Moon. News Careers Read Participate.

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Educate Develop Know us. By implementing this activity, students will be able to: explain that the Earth revolves around the Sun, explain that the Moon revolves around the Earth, explain that the Sun is a star, describe the relative temperatures and sizes of the Sun, Earth and Moon.

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The different parts of the activity can be evaluated as follows: What do you already know? The solar system matching game Encourage students to explain what they have learnt about the Solar System. The Sun mobile Check if the mobiles are built correctly. Encourage the students to explain what they have learnt about the Solar System. Do they know now that in the Solar System, the Earth a planet revolves around the Sun a star and the Moon a satellite revolves around the Earth? Sun The Sun is a star, a powerhouse of energy, undergoing constant nuclear fusion.

Moon Satellites, including moons, orbit planets. Solar System A solar system refers to a star and all the objects that orbit it. Preparation The activity is structured into four parts: 1 What do you already know? Image: Siyavula Education not to scale Activity 1: What do you already know?

Step 1: Provide each child with an A4 sheet of paper and some colouring pencils. Step 2: Encourage students to draw the Sun, Earth and Moon and to write any words they associate with them.

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Step 3: Write their ideas on an A2 sheet of paper and display it in the classroom. Activity 2: Solar System matching game Step 1: The students play a matching game to learn some differences between the Sun, Earth and Moon. Step 2: Before starting the game, encourage the students to lay out all the cards and look at all of the images and texts on the cards. Step 3: Afterwards, show students the correct pairing of the cards use the answer sheet of the game. Then, discuss what the students learnt about the properties of Sun, Earth and Moon covering the following points: It is much hotter on the Sun than on Earth, because the Sun is a star.

Stars are much hotter and brighter than planets. The temperature on Earth is hotter than the temperature water freezes, but colder than the temperature water boils, giving us liquid water, and therefore oceans, on Earth. The temperature on the Moon can range from very cold to very hot. The Sun is more than a hundred times wider than the Earth.

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The Earth is about four times wider than the Moon. Step 2: Invite three students to come to the front of the class.

Step 3: Explain that they are going to make a mobile showing this. Step 2: The wooden skewers are used for the top bar. The Sun warms our planet, and with the Moon, creates the tides. The Moon orbits the Earth and in turn, the Earth orbits the Sun. We see the Universe from a platform that is both rotating on its axis, and traveling in an elliptical orbit around the Sun. The average distance from the Earth to the Moon is , km. And the average distance from the Earth to the Sun is ,, km. If you divide these two numbers, you get approximately Now, if you divide the diameter of the Sun 1.

Those two numbers are pretty close.

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The diagram shown is typical of those used to describe the phases of the Moon, but it is easy to become confused if the diagram is not interpreted correctly. There are two representations of the Moon shown for each of the eight lunar phases. The smaller half-gray circles represent how the Moon is illuminated by the Sun throughout its orbit. Each symbol is exactly the same indicating that one-half or one hemisphere of the Moon remains illuminated throughout its orbit. The larger white circles, on the other hand, indicate how the Moon appears in the sky during each of the lunar phases.

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