ALEX Classroom Resources

ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] (4) 5 :
5 ) Compile information to describe how the use of energy derived from natural renewable and nonrenewable resources affects the environment (e.g., constructing dams to harness energy from water, a renewable resource, while causing a loss of animal habitats; burning of fossil fuels, a nonrenewable resource, while causing an increase in air pollution; installing solar panels to harness energy from the sun, a renewable resource, while requiring specialized materials that necessitate mining).

[SC2015] (5) 10 :
10 ) Construct and interpret models (e.g., diagrams, flow charts) to explain that energy in animals' food is used for body repair, growth, motion, and maintenance of body warmth and was once energy from the sun.

[SC2015] (5) 12 :
12 ) Defend the claim that one factor determining the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is the relative distance from Earth.

[SC2015] (5) 14 :
14 ) Use a model to represent how any two systems, specifically the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and/or hydrosphere, interact and support life (e.g., influence of the ocean on ecosystems, landform shape, and climate; influence of the atmosphere on landforms and ecosystems through weather and climate; influence of mountain ranges on winds and clouds in the atmosphere).

[SC2015] ES6 (6) 3 :
3 ) Develop and use models to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system (e.g., scale model representing sizes and distances of the sun, Earth, moon system based on a one-meter diameter sun).

Subject: Science (4 - 6)
Title: Steve Trash Science: Sun, Sun, Sunshine / Earth is Wicked Awesome
URL: https://www.pbs.org/video/sun-sun-sunshine-earth-is-wicked-awesome-ttglxd/
Description:

Steve Trash teaches kids about science with fun and magic. The show is filmed in Alabama.

The sun is the center of our solar system and it’s really important to all living things. The Earth has a very unique place for living things in our galaxy – The Milky Way. Steve puts the sun and Earth into perspective with fun... and a little magic.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 3 :
3 ) Develop and use models to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system (e.g., scale model representing sizes and distances of the sun, Earth, moon system based on a one-meter diameter sun).

Subject: Science (6)
Title: What's in Space?
URL: https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/buac18-35-sci-ess-whatsinspace/whats-in-space/
Description:

Observe and read about Earth’s cosmic neighborhood and objects found in space with this annotated slideshow of NASA images. This slideshow can pique students’ interest and provide opportunities to ask questions about various objects found beyond Earth’s surface as they consider what telescopes have revealed. This is a great activity to introduce objects in the solar system before students make their own models. 

Support materials include Background Reading, Teaching Tips, and Discussion Questions. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 2 :
2 ) Construct models and use simulations (e.g., diagrams of the relationship between Earth and man-made satellites, rocket launch, International Space Station, elliptical orbits, black holes, life cycles of stars, orbital periods of objects within the solar system, astronomical units and light years) to explain the role of gravity in affecting the motions of celestial bodies bodies (e.g., planets, moons, comets, asteroids, meteors) within galaxies and the solar system.

[SC2015] ES6 (6) 3 :
3 ) Develop and use models to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system (e.g., scale model representing sizes and distances of the sun, Earth, moon system based on a one-meter diameter sun).

Subject: Science (6)
Title: Our Solar System: Inner Planets StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-inner.htm
Description:

The sun is an average size star and the center of our solar system. One of the things surrounding it is an asteroid belt, and the four planets inside that belt are called the inner planets.

The classroom resource provides a slide show that will describe the components of the inner section of our solar system: the sun, the asteroid belt, and the four inner planets. This resource can provide background information for students before they create their own models. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 2 :
2 ) Construct models and use simulations (e.g., diagrams of the relationship between Earth and man-made satellites, rocket launch, International Space Station, elliptical orbits, black holes, life cycles of stars, orbital periods of objects within the solar system, astronomical units and light years) to explain the role of gravity in affecting the motions of celestial bodies bodies (e.g., planets, moons, comets, asteroids, meteors) within galaxies and the solar system.

[SC2015] ES6 (6) 3 :
3 ) Develop and use models to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system (e.g., scale model representing sizes and distances of the sun, Earth, moon system based on a one-meter diameter sun).

Subject: Science (6)
Title: Our Solar System: Outer Planets StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/solar-system/solar-system-outer.htm
Description:

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are the outer planets of our solar system. There is a dwarf planet called Pluto out there, too!

The classroom resource provides a slide show that will describe the components of the outer section of our solar system: the four outer planets and the dwarf planet, Pluto. This resource can provide background information for students before they create their own models. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] ES6 (6) 3 :
3 ) Develop and use models to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system (e.g., scale model representing sizes and distances of the sun, Earth, moon system based on a one-meter diameter sun).

Subject: Science (6)
Title: Mercury
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/mercury/
Description:

In this lesson, students have the chance to view the solar system and identify the sun and planets that compose it, which is consistent with recommendations that students begin to pay attention to sizes, distances, and other basic concepts dealing with the universe. Students will then be well prepared to explore a Web resource on the planet Mercury—developed by the Adler Planetarium—which is the central focus of this lesson.



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