Today, we began Unit 5: Our Solar System & Beyond, which is one of my favorite units of the year. Finally, we get to stop worry about moon phases and tides and start worrying about the really worrisome stuff: black holes, supernovae, aliens, asteroids, etc.
We began the unit with a lesson called “Objects in Space.” Although there are gazillions of different objects up there — some we see everyday and many we haven’t even discovered yet! — most of them can be sorted into seven basic categories: asteroids, planets, moons, stars, galaxies, stellar clouds, and black holes. Today we defined each other the seven types, discussed them, and then students drew an illustration of outer space that had to include all seven types of objects.