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How Can We Predict When The Sky Will Be Dark?

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How Can We Predict When The Sky Will Be Dark?

How Can We Predict When the Sky Will Be Dark?  is part of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, a new curriculum series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is aligned to a group of grade 1 standards. It has a focus on earth and space science with a secondary focus on physical science. In this module, students:

  • Analyze and interpret observations of the sky to identify when the Sun, Moon, and stars are visible and the Sun and Moon’s daily pattern of motion in the sky.
  • Use observations to explain that we see objects when light shines on them or they give off their own light.
  • Plan and carry out an investigation to identify the pattern of daylight throughout the year.
  • Carry out an investigation to identify the times of the year that it will be dark when kids walk to or from school.
  • Explain how different light sources will allow objects to be seen when kids walk to school in the dark.

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module.

Lesson 1: Oksana, Issa, and Layla

Ada Asks Introduction
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This video introduces the reading that students use in the first activity.

Pre-Assessment
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This file shows pictures of a girl going to bed on two different days of the year.

Moonrise and Moonset
https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/
This website provides the moonrise and moonset times for the location provided by the user.

Lesson 4: Mysterious Moon

Shapes of the Moon
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This file shows a full moon, quarter moon, and crescent moon.

Lesson 5: Sunlight on the Mall

Aerial View of the National Mall
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This file shows an aerial view of the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Sunlight on the National Mall
https://ssec.si.edu/sunlight-national-mall
This website has five 360°photos taken on the National Mall at five different times of one day.

Sunlight on the National Mall YouTube Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHWBid5WSAzSORpfKp8S0ny0SksvsQS4-
If you are using an iPad or iPhone to view the 360°photos, use this website to access the 360°photos with the YouTube app.

Lesson 6: Moon Motion

Full Moon Motion
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This video shows a model of the Moon and Sun’s motion over a 48-hour period during the full moon part of the Moon’s cycle.

Quarter Moon Motion
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This video shows a model of the Moon and Sun’s motion over a 48-hour period during the quarter moon part of the Moon’s cycle.

Lesson 7: Dining in Daylight or Darkness

Sunrise and Sunset
https://sunrise-sunset.org
This website provides the sunrise and sunset times for the location provided by the user.

Daylight Patterns
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This file shows an investigation chart made with symbols that do not match and an investigation chart made with symbols that match.

Sunrise and Sunset Picture
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This file shows a picture of sunrise.

Lesson 9: Oksana’s Walk to School Part 1

Walk to School
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This file shows students walking to school at two different times of the year.

Ada Asks Science Challenge
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This video introduces the science challenge.

Lesson 10: Oksana’s Walk to School Part 2

Walk to School with Flashlights
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This video shows students walking to school in the dark while carrying flashlights.

Walk to School with Glow Sticks
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This video shows students walking to school in the dark while carrying glow sticks.

Walk to School Under Street Lights
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This video shows students walking to school in the dark under a street light.