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Earth and Space Year 5
Overview
Earth and Space Essentials Year 4 is the study of our solar system as a very small part of one of millions of galaxies in the universe. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum Science Understanding: 
  • The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) (ACSSU078)

Note: This curriculum program is currently being updated to align with the Australian Curriculum 9.0, updated versions will be released in early 2024.  
Lesson objectives
In Lessons 1 to 9, students learn about: 
  • What solar systems are.
  • The four rocky planets in our solar system.
  • The four gas planets in our solar system.
  • FIve dwarf planets in our solar system.
  • The moons in our solar system.
  • How telescopes work.
  • Spacecraft and explain their purpose.
  • Satellites and plan to build your own model satellite.
  • Building your satellite and prepare a presentation.
Success criteria
  • Explain what a solar system is.
  • Describe three objects in our solar system.
  • Represent our own solar system as a rap song.
  • Describe the four rocky planets in our Solar System.
  • Explain where these rocky planets are found.
  • Represent the rocky planets in a booklet.
  • Describe the four gas planets in our Solar System.
  • Explain where these gas planets are found.
  • Represent the gas planets in a booklet.
  • Describe the five dwarf planets.
  • Compare dwarf planets and planets.
  • Represent all the planets and dwarf planets to scale.
  • Explain what moons are.
  • Describe at least two moons in our solar system.
  • Compare the moons of Neptune.
  • Explain how a telescope works. 
  • Describe at least one space telescope.
  • Classify different types of spacecrafts.
  • Describe at least three different spacecraft.
  • Explain the purpose and mission of these spacecraft.
  • Identify the parts of a satellite.
  • Explain what the parts of a satellite are for.
  • Research your chosen satellite. Build your satellite and label its parts.
  • Evaluate your investigation.
  • Explain your satellite and its parts.
  • Plan your presentation.
  • Communicate your investigation. 
Assessment
Progress tests
  • Progress tests are conducted after every second lesson, allowing teachers to monitor student understanding of the concepts taught over the past two lessons and to identify where reteaching is needed.
  • The Teaching Guide contains the testing questions, and the Student Workbook has a section where students write their answers and score themselves.
Structured Research Activity
  • The Structured Research Activity (SRA) for this unit is: Students to build a satellite and prepare a presentation.
  • The SRA takes place over two lessons so students can apply the Science Understanding and Science Inquiry Skills covered in the unit.
  • Teachers use the Guide to Making Judgements, which is included in the Teaching Guide, to mark the SRA.
End-of-unit assessment
  • The last lesson is the end-of-unit assessment which has a variety of question formats (e.g., label the diagram, circle the correct answer) to assess student mastery of content from the unit.
  • The end-of-unit assessment is in the Teaching Guide. Teachers copy the assessment and distribute to students at testing time.

Lesson objective

Success criteria

I do

We do

You do

Edit: peer feedback

Effective feedback

Reflect

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