This is a 10 lesson unit that is designed to cover the Australian National Curriculum for Year 5 Earth and Space Sciences.
Over the course of this unit, students will develop an understanding of our solar system, including the relative sizes and distances of the planets. This unit involves classroom demonstrations, online research, famous scientists through history and comic strips about Roman gods. Through these cross curricular activities, students will understand what we now know about our place in space, as well as how, and why, that understanding has changed through time.
Every lesson comes complete with an activity worksheet, and there is a final summative assessment quiz to complete the unit.
In this unit, students:
In this lesson, students discuss their prior knowledge of space, and are introduces to the concepts within the unit.
In this lesson, students expore how people thought about space through time, and how famous scientists’ discoveries have changed how we understand our universe.
In this lesson, students learn about the sun, it’s importance as the centre of our galaxy, and how it powers us and the world that we live in.
In this lesson, students learned all about the 8 planets in our solar system.
In this lesson, students learn about the thousands of other objects that are drifting out in our galaxy, that don’t often get talked about. They investigate what happened to Pluto, and learn about other dwarf planets, and the Kuiper and Asteroid belts.
In this lesson, students explore how our ability to look into space has evolved through time, and how that’s allowed us to learn more about the galaxy we live in, and the universe outside it.