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Eye on the Sky

Cathy Burgess
Waller Elementary School (Bay District Schools)


In this unit, students learn about the sky. They learn why we have day and night, why the sun is important, and why the moon doesn’t always look the same. Students also investigate the stars and planets. All the lessons are literature-based with hands-on activities and experiments.

*Since it takes 28/29 days to fully observe the phases of the moon, send home the calendar observation sheet two weeks before you start the unit. See unit attached files to find the observation sheet.


What is in the sky?
What surrounds the earth?


The planned duration of this activity is 14 days.

Associated Files

Unit Plan Overview     File Extension:  pdf

Diagnostic Assessment     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment One     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment Two     File Extension:  pdf

Family Letter for Eye on the Sky Unit     File Extension:  pdf

Sunshine State Standards for Eye on the Sky Unit     File Extension:  pdf

Six Blocks for Eye on the Sky Unit     File Extension:  pdf

Lesson Plans

Up in the Sky
In this lesson, students brainstorm what is in the day and night sky, as well as discover interesting facts about the sun.

Sunny Delight
Students are introduced to the scientific method to complete experiments on the sun and find out how heat from the sun has varying effects depending on the surface it strikes.

Phase In, Phase Out, the Magnificent Moon
Students know very little about the moon, so investigate what’s in the night sky and find out why the moon looks different every 28 days.

Starlight, Star Bright
In this lesson, students learn about stars and make star pictures that are constellations. They take the information they have learned and write a simple report.

The Sky Jeopardy
Students play the Sky Jeopardy game to reinforce concepts learned about sun, moon, day and night and sky. Then as a reward, they nibble on round crackers to show the different phases of the moon.

As The Earth Turns
Students learn that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth.
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