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Earth Science Unit Topic: Our Solar System

by Jody Paramore

Winterville, NC

NAME: _______________________________________

Grading: Unit grades make-up 60 % of a student's overall grade

Time Span:

Due Date:

Objectives (what are we learning in this unit?):

6.01 Analyze the theories of the formation of the universe and solar system.

6.02 Analyze planetary motion and the physical laws that explain that motion:



Apparent diurnal motions of the stars, sun, and moon.

Effects of the tilt of the earth's axis.

6.04 Evaluate astronomers' use of various technologies to extend their senses:

Optical telescopes.


Radio telescopes.


A: 93-100 %

B: 85-92 %

C: 77-84 %

D: 70-76 %

F: 0-69 %


Choose any of the assignments listed that you would like to complete. You will not do all the assignments. You'll only do as many assignments as it takes for you to complete each layer successfully. Each assignment can only be attempted one time.

"C" Layer (Successful Completion Earns One a C Grade)-Section I / Basic Understanding-80 percentage (%) points must be earned from this section before moving into the B Layer. Choose any of the assignments listed, in this section, that you would like to complete. No more than 80 percentage (%) points can be applied to your unit grade from this section.

Notes-Tape Recorded (listen & take notes from the cassette player-side A, study them, show them to Mr. Paramore for oral defense)

1. Why We Have Seasons (10 %)

2. Telescopes (10 %)

Videos (watch all of the video assigned, complete written part, and be prepared for oral defense)

3. On your own paper, take 25 notes from "Voyage to the Milky Way" (10 %)

4. On your own paper, take 25 notes from "Universe 2001: Beyond the Millenium-Planets [TLC] (10 %)

Vocabulary / Worksheets

5. Create flashcards with the word and definition for the following key terms (words are in the glossary or the index of your book): solar system, nebular theory, orbit, asteroid belt, comet, meteor, period of revolution, period of rotation, summer solstice, winter solstice, vernal equinox, autumnal equinox, solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, tide (10 %)

6. Complete the solar system study guide (on table) (10 %)

Computer Activities (complete the activity, study your work, bring to Mr. P. for oral defense)

7. Click on the Word document 'Virtual Solar System Multimedia Tour'. Follow the directions. Put answers on a separate sheet of paper. (10 %)

8. Complete the 'Space Internet Hunt' activity. Follow the directions. (on table) (10 %)

Reading (complete the assignment, study, and bring to Mr. P. for oral defense)

9. Answer all multiple choice and T/F (correct F) questions for chp. 3 (pg. 136) and chp 4 (pg. 170). (10 %)

10. Complete the 'Planetary Motion Guided Reading Assignment' (on the table). Follow the directions. (10 %)


11. Read the "Football Player Catches Meteorite" and the "Is Your Cat From Mars?" articles. Write a paragraph summary for each article. Write a second paragraph and explain why the article is or is not true. (10 %)

12. You have written a script for a science fiction movie related to the solar system. Explain your movie to a movie company you're trying to convince to buy your script. Be sure to make it clear what parts of your movie are true and what parts are fiction. (10 %)

Fine Arts

13. Create a solar system coloring book for a little child with at least 10 objects of the solar system included. Do not color in the objects but tell what color to use and include two facts for each object. (10 %)

14. Choose any location in North Carolina and obtain the current day's high and low tide information. Put the data into a bar or line graph. Write out your conclusions and include what causes the tides to change. (10 %)

Hands-On / Interactive

15. Design an alien that can live on any planet other than earth. It must be a colored picture or a 3-D model. Explain and show the adaptations the alien has to survive the planets conditions. (10 %)

16. Create a board game dealing with the history of space exploration. Find space exploration timelines on the internet or in a book in the library. Be creative! (10 %)

"B" Layer-Section II / Application of Knowledge (Successful Completion Earns One a B Grade) (Choose one for 10 %, must complete before moving to Section III)

1. Build a scale model of the solar system and answer observation questions.-see Mr. Paramore for handouts, materials, and further instructions. (10 %)


2. Complete the 'Why Do We Have Seasons?' activity-see Mr. Paramore (10 %)

"A" Layer-Section III / Critical Thinking & Analysis of Real World Issues (Successful Completion Earns One An A Grade) (Choose one for 10 %)

(Fill out the A Layer worksheet to complete this section. This worksheet can be obtained from Mr. Paramore)

1. Should humans try to colonize Mars? (10 %)


2. Should humans be concerned about large objects in our solar system hitting the Earth? (10 %)

Oral Defense Chart

Warning: No more than 3 assignments per day will be graded by Mr. Paramore. Be sure to study over your work before getting it graded because you will be quizzed on each assignment completed. Do not wait until the last day to get assignments graded because only 3 will be graded that day. Absent students should see Mr. Paramore about more time if they need it. Extra time will not automatically be given unless the student who has been absent approaches Mr. Paramore.

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A-1 or A-2

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