Lunar Exploration

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:    Integrated Science                  

 Grade:   10

Unit 11:   Lunar exploration           (9.10)                  

 Pacing:   3 weeks

Essential Question(s):

  1. Why did the Space Shuttle program replace the Apollo program?  Why is the Space Shuttle program being scrubbed in 2010?
  2. Why are you more likely to see a lunar eclipse than a solar eclipse?
  3. How are the sand levels of the beaches and flooding of the streets in West Haven affected by spring and neap tides?

Big Idea(s):

  1. The Space Shuttle was cheaper than Apollo, was reusable, was meant to build the International Space Station and the Hubble telescope.  The Space shuttle program has outlived its usefulness.  It is expensive, unsafe, and limits our ability to further explore space.
  2. Solar and lunar eclipses depend on the moon’s position in relation to the sun and earth.
  3. High tides are higher and low tides are lower during spring tides and high tides are lower and low tides are higher during neap tides.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Summarize the role of NASA in the history of space exploration.

Explain the motion and position of the moon in relation to the Earth.

Describe the importance of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions.

Explain why the same side of the moon faces earth. 

 

Describe the moon’s orbit and phases.

 

Compare and contrast lunar and solar eclipses.

 

Describe and explain spring and neap tides.

 

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

NASA’s role

Moon’s motion

Summarize

Explain

 

2

 2, 3, 4

 

 

 

 

Instructional Planning

 

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Smart board

United Streaming

Text/notes

PowerPoint

Readings

Lab equipment

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Interactive use of technology

Graphic organizers

Direct instruction

Cooperative group work

Hands-on learning

Demonstrations

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

NASA

Rotation

Revolution

Orbit

Phase

Lunar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Lunar Month

Waxing

Waning

New moon

Full moon

Crescent

Gibbous

Umbra

Penumbra

Spring /neap tide

Jigsaw activity—U.S. space program

Modeling moon-Earth-Sun system

Diagram phases, eclipses, spring and neap tides

 

Cold war