Earth and Space Comprehensive - Year 5

Earth and Space Comprehensive 5 is an Earth and Space Sciences program for Year 5 students. 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.
Learning Objectives
In Lessons 1 to 15, students learn about: 
  • what stars are galaxies
  • what solar systems are the four rocky planets in our solar system
  • the four gas planets in our solar system
  • the five dwarf planets in our solar system
  • the moons in our solar system
  • other space rocks in our solar system how telescopes work
  • the Scientific Method in space science and build their own telescope.
  • spacecrafts and explaining their purpose.
  • satellites and plan to build their own model satellite
  • building their satellite and preparing a presentation
  • presenting and explaining their satellite.  
Success Criteria
  • Explain that stars are massive balls of burning gas.
  • Describe at least two different stars in our universe. Represent some of our star constellations. 
  • Explain how distances in space are measured.
  • Explain what galaxies are.
  • Describe the shapes of different galaxies in our universe.
  • Represent the shape of a galaxy.
  • 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 planet 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.
  • Describe three different types of space rocks in our solar system.
  • Compare asteroids, meteors and comets.
  • Explain how a telescope works.
  • Describe at least one space telescope.
  • Compare direct and indirect evidence.
  • Identify three important steps for planning a space investigation.
  • Plan an investigation.
  • Build their own 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 a chosen satellite.
  • Build a satellite and label its parts.
  • Plan a presentation.
  • Evaluate an investigation.
  • Explain their satellite and its parts.
  • Communicate the investigation.  
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 build a model satellite and explain their model in 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. 

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