Students know that energy is the ability to cause change. Students combine this knowledge with their understanding of potential and kinetic energy, forms of energy and the law of conservation of energy to explain how and why things move. Mathematical formulas can be used to reinforce this understanding. Using Newton’s three Laws of Motion students apply their knowledge to objects in our solar system.
Student understanding of the Sun/Earth/Moon system in this unit is key to their understanding of weather and climate. Students will apply their understanding of where we are in space to what we see and experience on Earth.
The linking concept between space and weather is the study of the Earth/Moon/Sun system. This includes seasons, moon phases, eclipses, and tides. The overarching concept is how energy impacts each of these relationships and the Earth’s place in the universe.