6th Grade – SCIENCE – Unit 7
“Space, the final frontier“
(James T. Kirk)
Dear 6th Graders,
Unit 7 is one of my favorites! The Solar System. “Fascinating, Captain!”, as Mr Spock would say. So get your shields up and set phasers to ‘stun’ 😀 Before we start, I would like you to take a look at the great picture that Michael (6th Grade B; thanks Michael!) has done to illustrate the unit. Cool, isn’t it? Click on it to get a bigger view.
These are some interesting websites:
· See how the movement of the Earth causes day and night in this animation: here
· Watch these fantastic animations of the Earth and Moon’s orbits. See the extension part about the Earth’s tilt and the difference between summer and winter: here
· More about the Earth’s tilt: here
· Explore astronomy and other space related topics. Play games, learn through interactive applications, and much more: here
· Amazing BBC site about our solar system: here
· ESA, European Space Agency for kids: here
· Space and science news, NASA information, space flight videos…: here
· Compare the size of our planets: here
· How would you plan a trip to Mars?: here
And now let me show you some cool videos:
· Why does the same side of the Moon always face the Earth? The Moon has synchronous rotation: it’s rotation period is the same as its period of revolution (by astrogirlwest):
· More about the Moon rotation (by NASA):
· All about the Milky Way (by ScienceChannel)
· 2006 Space Shuttle Discovery launch:
· On January 4, the Hinode satellite captured these breathtaking images of an annular solar eclipse (NASA):
I hope everything is helpful. Let me know your opinion, OK?
Beam me up, Scotty!!
So say we all!!!