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Investigating Earth Systems: Astronomy

Throughout this module, students will use hands-on, inquiry-based investigations to explore:

  • what characteristics planet Earth has and how scientists know this.
  • the features of the moon.
  • the relationship between the Earth and its moon.
  • where the Earth is in space and how scientists know.
  • the characteristics of the sun.
  • why the sun is so important to the solar system.
  • how planets in the solar system are the same and different.
  • the other major planetary bodies in the universe.
  • and how you can tell the difference between science fact and sscience fiction.

Use the navigation on the right to explore resources that will be useful for the investigations.


Investigation 1

Investigation 2

Investigation 3

Investigation 4

Investigation 5

Investigation 6

Investigation 7

Investigation 8

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