Solar System

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:   Integrated Science                  

 Grade:   10

Unit:   12 Solar system         (9.13)           

 Pacing:   3 weeks

Essential Question(s):

  1. Why is Earth the only planet in the solar system that can support human life?
  2. How does the sun affect conditions on Earth?
  3. What is the future of our sun?

Big Idea(s):

  1. Earth can support human life because it has liquid water, it has oxygen in its atmosphere, it is at an appropriate distance from the sun for life to succeed.  It is also geologically active which is needed to recycle elements.
  2. Sun spot activity can affect climate and electromagnetic phenomena on Earth.
  3. All stars go through life cycles from birth to death.

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

Describe the properties of all 8 planets in the solar system

Describe methods for grouping planets and give examples of planets in each group—Inner vs. Outer Planets

Explain how solar activity affects life on Earth

Describe the sun’s layers and atmosphere

Describe sunspots and the sunspot cycle

Identify sources of solar wind and describe the effects of solar wind

Explain the formation and life cycle of stars

Compare the physical and chemical properties of he sun with those of other stars

Define and describe the properties of giant, supergiant, and dwarf stars

Define and describe the properties of novas, supernovas, neutron stars, and black holes

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

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

Properties of planets

 

Solar activity

 

Life cycle of stars

 

Describe

 

Explain

 

Explain

2

 

4

 

4

 

 

Instructional Planning

 

Suggested Resources/Materials:

United Streaming

PowerPoint

Readings/jigsaw activity/ student presentations

Current event articles

Lab equipment

EEEP sheet (exciting example of everyday phenomena) 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Interactive use of technology

Direct instruction

Cooperative group work

Hands-on learning

Independent classwork

Demonstrations

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

Inner planets

 Outer planets

Terrestrial

Jovian

Rotation

Revolution

Orbit

Rings

Photosphere

Chromosphere

Corona

Sun spot

Solar prominence

Solar flare

Solar wind

Coronal holes

Auroras

Magnetic storms

Magnitude scale

Luminosity

Red giant

Super giant

Dwarf stars

Main sequence

White dwarf

Pulsar

Nebula

Protostar

Black hole

Supernova

Nova

Neutron stars

The Universe video

Creating models

Readings/presentations

 

 

Pre-scientific explanations of astronomical observations

The role of astronomy in human history