Common Core State Standards:
3.E.1-Recognize the major components and patterns observed in the earth/moon/sun system
4.E.1-Explain the causes of day and night and phases of the moon
4.P.3-Recognize that energy takes various forms that may be grouped based on their interaction with matter.
Students will understand that:
- Earth is part of a system called the solar system.
- shadows are created by objects blocking light.
- the Earth rotates on an axis and this causes night and day.
- the appearance of the Moon changes in a specific pattern and repeats this sequence over the course of approximately 28 days.