Models that demonstrate the relationship of the Sun, Earth, and Moon; including but not limited to:
Multiple student models including:
Birds Eye or Orbit View showing the Sun in the center with planets all around at different points in their orbits rather than in a line
Rotation: turning or spinning of a body about an axis running through it. A planet's rotation is the length of its day.
Revolution: the motion of any body, as a planet or satellite, in a curved line or orbit, until it returns to the same point.; A planet's revolution around the Sun is the length of its year.
Orbit: the path of a celestial body or an artificial satellite as it revolves around another body.
Sun, Earth, Moon positions/relationship
The Moon rotates (although we always see the same side) while revolving around Earth.
The Earth rotates while revolving around the Sun. A revolution is a complete trip around the Sun. One revolution equals one year.
Earth's path around the Sun is called its orbit
Both the Earth and the moon also rotate like a spinning top.
Earth's axis is an imaginary line that passes through Earth's center.
Earth rotates once on its axis every 24 hours.
One rotation of Earth equals one day.
The Earth rotates from west to east on its axis.
Objects in the Solar System are kept in orbit by the pull of the Sun's gravity.
Answer/Clear all misconceptions
How do the Sun, Earth, and Moon interact?
The Earth is the center of our Solar System.
The planets are always arranged in a straight line away from the Sun.
The Earth is the largest object in our Solar System.
The Sun has a solid surface. The Sun is made entirely of gas, so there isn't a fixed, solid surface. The part that looks like the surface -- the photosphere -- is simply the region of gas on the edge of the Sun that emits light in wavelengths that we can see.
The planets are close together.
The moon is only visible at night.
The Sun is small. Because children can see the sun from Earth, they may think that it is smaller than Earth.
Children might think the Sun is a very large star because its size is larger than Earth. But it is actually medium-sized. There are stars whose diameters are 1,000 times larger than that of the Sun, and there are stars whose diameters are 450 times smaller than that of the Sun, too.
(8)Earth and space. The student knows there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among objects in the sky. The student is expected to: (C)construct models that demonstrate the relationship of the Sun, Earth, and Moon, including orbits and positions; and
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