During the first few weeks of Term 4, Level 2 students have been exploring their knowledge of our solar system and in particular the relationship between the Earth, moon and sun.
We have explored our thoughts about what causes night and day and and have discussed the sizes of the moon and sun in comparison to the Earth. We now move into the explain phase of our investigation and begin to find out more about the systems we take for granted and clearly have quite a few misconceptions about.
This week’s lesson was designed to help students to get an understanding of the sheer size of our sun in comparison with Earth and the moon, as well as an apprecitation for the perspective we have on the Universe from where we are.
The video below shows some of the ideas students are beginning to develop about these big concepts and outlines the experiment we performed. There will be definitely more work on this to ensure students can develop solid understandings of the sizes and distances involved, as well as the patterns that dictate our days, months and years.