2 Full lessons includes lesson plans, worksheets and visual aids.
1st Lesson: Learning objectives
Children should learn: • that the Earth is approximately spherical • that it can be difficult to collect evidence to test ideas and that evidence may be indirect
Children will be able to: • recognise that the Earth is approximately spherical • describe some indirect evidence to support the idea that the Earth is spherical
The task: the children to use different coloured pens to outline/underline the various factors that are listed below (these will need to be written on a board). • Factual information • Evidence that supports the theory that the Earth is spherical • Opinion of the author
2nd Lesson: Learning objectives
Children should learn: • that the Moon takes approximately 28 days to orbit the Earth • that the different appearance of the Moon over 28 days provides evidence for a 28 day cycle
Children will be able to: • explain that the pattern and timescale of the changes in the Moon’s appearance over 28 days is evidence that the Moon orbits the Earth once every 28 days
The task: Ask the children to cut out and arrange the pictures and names of the phases of the Moon in the correct sequence around a representation of the Earth. This will show how the appearance of the Moon changes over the course of its orbit.
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