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    Light: Observing the Sun, Moon, and Stars

    This is the third of three modules first grade will complete this year. This module will take place every day during the students' science time from April 27-May 20.

    Students will be integrating science with technology, engineering, math, and language arts. They will also be using the Innovator Skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving throughout this module. 

    In the previous Light and Sound module, students explored how light and sound travel over distances. The primary source of light on Earth is the Sun. The Sun is the star at the center of our solar system. Students learn that stars, including the Sun, generate their own light, while objects such as the moon reflect that light.

    Throughout the module, students document patterns as they observe the Sun, moon, and stars. The ability to recognize patterns is an important scientific skill that researchers use to develop explanations of observations in nature.

    Finally, students be challenged with the task of designing, building, and testing a device to protect students from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Students analyze media to determine the peak times during the day for UV radiation and then design a cover for a playground structure.