The 7th grade has begun its virtual studies with an unit on Astronomy. The 7th grade students explored the relationship between the Sun, Earth and Moon and the specific topics of constellations, reasons for seasons, moon phases,eclipses, and tides. For their explorations students built models of the sun, earth and moon. These models allowed the students to explore the dynamics of interactions between the three solar system objects. The students also built Starfinders that they could use to locate constellations. In their studies students discovered the shape and positions of the earth has a large impact upon the seasons we experience in the hemispheres. Students further discovered why the Dark Side of the moon is never seen from earth and why we have moon phases. All due to the rotation and revolution of the moon around the earth.
Each student, as part of their assessments, created a google slide presentation on their research of the moon. The slide presentations clearly showed great effort and creativity in picture selection and information gathered. Below is a star finder you would like to create one too!