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Motions of the Solar System (5th Grade)
© Kabsik Park
Become a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system!
By the end of the planetarium show students will be able to:
- recognize objects and patterns in the night sky and how their positions change over time.
- describe some of the predictable patterns and cycles in the motions of outer space.
- understand ways scientists use models to understand the universe around us.
Duration: Approximately 35 minutes
The state-of-the-art Morrison Planetarium uses the latest scientific data and visualization techniques to chart your course to the edge of the solar system. This show is exclusively for student groups, and is presented live by Planetarium staff.
During this show your students will become virtual space explorers in this planetarium. Students will explore what causes the predictable motions in the sky as observed from Earth. Then, they will jet off to other objects in our solar system and try to apply their new understanding of Earth's cycles in order to discover some surprising patterns other planets have. The presentation will often touch on the following topics:
- predictable patterns and motions on Earth, including:
- moon (and Earth) phases
- yearly cycles of constellations at viewed from Earth
- planet tilt
- close-up views of some of our solar system's planets
- the scientific variation in "days" and "year" motions
- atmospheric models
- View of a planetary system around another star
Motions of the Solar System (5th Grade) is scheduled on select Thursdays throughout the school year, starting at 10:30 am sharp.
- English-only interactive presentations:
- Fall semester:
September 13 & 27; October 11 & 25; November 8; December 13
- Spring semester:
January 17 & 31, February 14 & 28, April 25
- Fall semester:
- Spanish-only interactive presentation: April 11, 2019
- Mandarin-only interactive presentation: April 18, 2019
A total of 270 seats are available in each presentation, and seats are booked on a first-come, first-served basis as field trip applications roll in.
The wisest of all field trip organizers select visit dates that overlap with their favorite Planetarium show, and they make sure to request those visit dates and that show title on their field trip application!
This show supports the following dimensions of the NGSS.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
- ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System (Grade 5): The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year. (5-ESS1-2)
- Patterns (Grade 5):Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort, classify, communicate and analyze simple rates of change for natural phenomena. They identify patterns related to time, including simple rates of change and cycles, and to use these patterns to make predictions.
- Scale, Proportion, and Quantity (Grade 5):Natural objects exist from the very small to the immensely large.
Science and Engineering Practices
- Modeling (grades 5): Identify limitations of models. Use models to describe and/or predict phenomena.