Investigation 3: Space Science
- I can explain how telescopes aid scientists in the field of astronomy.
- I can describe the two types of optical telescopes and how they work.
- I can describe the types of radiation (besides visible light) scientists use to study stars and other celestial bodies.
- I can summarize space exploration and the findings gained for them.
- I can identify the basic needs of humans when they travel to space.
- I can explain why earth sustains life while other planets do not based on their properties (type of surface, atmosphere, and gravitational force) and location relative to the sun.
- I can describe the needs humans have when considering living on another planet.
- I can explain why the moon has different phases, what those phases are, and how long it takes to complete one cycle.
- I can model what happens during a lunar eclipse and what causes it.
- I can model what happens during a solar eclipse and what causes it.
- I can demonstrate how the relative positions of the sun, moon, and earth effect the tides.
- I can explain the difference in high tide and low tide.
- I can demonstrate how tides are cyclical and therefore predictable.
- I can explain how the relative motion and relative position of the sun, earth, and moon effect the seasons.
Investigation 2: Earth's Composition/Tectonics
· I can explain what tectonic plates are and what causes them to move.
· I can name the natural processes that occur as a result of tectonic plate movement.
· I can list three primary types of plate boundaries and what landforms do they cause.
· I can explain how the rock cycle and tectonic action are related.
· I can list and give information (position, composition, density) about the compositional layers of Earth’s interior.
Investigation 1: Safety/Scientific Method
· I can list the major safety guidelines for use during lab sessions.
· I can model appropriate safe behaviors during science labs.
· I can identify and state a problem in a scientific investigation.
· I can form and state a hypothesis for a scientific problem.
· I can list and assemble acceptable materials for a scientific inquiry.
· I can create and follow procedures for scientific investigation.
· I can make and record observations/results as I conduct an experiment.
· I can evaluate whether my hypothesis was correct and tell what the inquiry demonstrated.
· I can form a conclusion based on my evaluation.