Module 1 - Science 3A - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module you will learn about the Earth and the Sun, learn about the moon and its phases, and learn about different ancient devices used as a mean to tell time.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Introduction to 1st Quarter pen or pencil;
2 Earth and Sun Concepts crayons or colored pencils
inflatable globe
pen or pencil
3 Phases of the Moon crayons or colored pencils
telescope (optional)
pen or pencil
4 Devices to Tell Time pen or pencil
gallon container or similar bowl or pan
a paper or plastic cup
a large steel washer as a weight
a nail
crayons or colored pencils
4 tin cans (optional)
ladder (optional)

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Introduction to 1st Quarter
2 Earth and Sun Concepts
  1. Learn about the earth’s revolution around the sun.
3 Phases of the Moon
  1. Identify the phases of the moon.
  2. Observe the effects of the moon's phases on nature.
  3. Record observations.
4 Devices to Tell Time
  1. Identify various means of telling time.
  2. Illustrate and describe clock devices.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
terrestrial planets
water clock
Chinese clock
tin clock

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 Earth and Sun Concepts 2 Earth and Sun Concepts Assignment
3 Phases of the Moon 2 Phases of the Moon Assignment
4 Devices to Tell Time 2 Devices to Tell Time Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Introduction to 1st Quarter
  1. What will you be learning about in Science this year?
Earth and Sun Concepts
  1. How does the earth move?
Phases of the Moon
  1. Why does the moon appear to change shape?
Devices to Tell Time
  1. What are the ways you can tell time?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Earth Is Tilting! Conrad J. Storad 570L
2 The Earth. The Sun. The Moon Cynthia Hariman
3 Earth, Moon and Sun Leon Golub
4 The Moon Book Gail Gibbons 740L
5 The Moon Seems to Change Dr. Franklyn M. Branley
6 What Makes Day and Night Dr. Franklyn M. Branley 500L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing
1 Take your student to a local planetarium to view the night sky or watch programs on the earth, sun, moon relationship.