Self Assessment

Exploring the Earth-Sun-Moon System

  1. Some children's initial ideas about what causes day and night, the seasons to change and the Moon's phases are often intuitive and based upon what they see going on around them. Others see things very differently. Examine the drawings below and comment on their scientific accuracy. What teaching methods, activities and resources would you use to effectively challenge the intuitive ideas of Child A and extend the ideas of Child B?

Contents

The Universe
Galaxies
The Milky Way Galaxy
Stars
Constellations, Surveying the Solar System
The Sun
Planets and their moons
Asteroids, comets and meterorites, Exploring the Earth-Sun-Moon System
Day and night
Seasonal change
The Moon's phases and eclipses
Further Reading
Self assessment(1)
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