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Where We Are In Place and Time

(January 7 - February 15, 2013)


Transdisciplinary Theme:
Where We Are In Place and Time
Unit Title:

On The Move

Central Idea:

Immigration changes people and events in the past, present and future.


Key Concepts: Causation, Perspective, Changes

Related Concepts: Journeys, Prejudice, Consequences, Impact

Lines of Inquiry:
  • Social, political and economic reasons for immigration (causation)
  • Effects of immigration on the immigrants and the communities they move into (change)
  • Immigration around the world, past and present and our own stories (perspective)

Views of the Solar System This site presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Find out how space is explored.
Exploratorium Observatory The Exploratorium guide to astronomy - includes "Your Age on Other Worlds"
Harvard's HFA How far away are the planets? How far can we see? How big is the universe? Find out in this site.
Newton's Three Laws of Motion This child-friendly site explains physics with funny graphics and clear examples.

Discovery Education Username: Whitbyct Pasword: bell  TLC Elementary School: The Story of the Solar System - Formation of the Solar System: Learn how galaxies came together. Solar Energy and Wind: Witness the power contained in the sun’s energy and wind. The Planets: Go from Mercury to Pluto as you travel the planets. Orbiting the Sun: Examine the role comets and asteroids play in the night sky.

Space Wanderer Take a virtual space-trip to the depths of the Universe! All of SpaceWander's space pictures are real NASA images! This award-winning multimedia space tour takes about 12 minutes. You can sit back and enjoy it or you can press buttons on the spaceship to see additional in-context information. Play, stop, rewind, and fast-forward buttons are provided so you can fly at your own pace. To start your space trip, choose your preferred language: English, French, Italian, Spanish, British (metric system) or German.
Space Explorers British National Space Centre - There are three difficulty/age levels (Space Cadets, Space Explorers, and Advanced Explorers). Each level has interactive activities, unique and age-appropriate topics, information for teachers, and more. Some of the specific topics include why it is dark at night, why you can't see stars during the day, journey to Mars, where do penguins live, why does Saturn have rings, why we have seasons, asteroids, Big Bang, the history of space exploration, and much, much more!
My First Steps in Space Canadian Space Agency - This site ir organized by age: Kidspace is or 6 to 8 years. Click on "Youth/Students" for 9-12 years and older. Features information about space flight and astronomy. The "Cosmic Q's and A's" link uses text and video to explain what actually goes on in space. Try the on-line, interactive games and experiments patterned after those performed on space missions.
Kids Astronomy Some advertising This interactive site provides answers to many questions about the solar system, including information about planets, constellations, deep space, space exploration, and the universe. Click on any category to begin an in-depth explanation that goes several levels deeper. The site also includes an astronomy dictionary and links to news about space related topics.
Amazing Space From NASA - Online Explorations: This collection of games and experiments offer varied experiences of space,  the fierce force of gravity, the history of the telescope, planning a Hubble servicing mission, whipping up a batch of comets, construct a galaxy, and explore black holes.
Astronomy Picture of the Day  NASANASA offers a constantly changing selection of pictures from its various space exploration on this site, which changes daily. Great stepping-stone to study of other aspects of space and space exploration.
Third from the Sun  - Designed for grades K-4 by NASA, this site introduces Earth sensing – observing and mapping the earth from the sky. Clever use of student artwork helps draw attention to the text, which traces the evolution of flight, space travel and satellites, showing how each was used to observe Earth. Students then offer hypotheses about Earth images taken from space.
NASA Space Place Topics such as: lasers, orbits or tidal forces are explained through hands-on, interactive games and animations. This site tackles subjects that are often considered too advanced for elementary students and presents them simply and concisely.A la carte style menu lets you pick and choose subject areas that relate to your classroom. You can even download a Spaceplace podcast. A Spanish version of the full site is available. 
Cosmos4Kids This informational site provides pictures, information, interactive quizzes and slideshows! This is an excellent introduction to space for elementary students. Specific topics include stars, systems, universe, galaxies, solar systems, planets, exploration and more!
Arty the Part Time Astronaut  This site is filled with interactive adventures, games, and engaging activities that introduce students to some interesting facts about the solar system. Visitors can board the virtual space ship to take a tour of the nine planets, investigate the science behind the four seasons, and learn about the mythology of the constellations. Check out the interactive activities that illustrate concepts of time, speed, and gravity.
Spacey Math Mathematical speed and accuracy are needed to keep the space station Parabola from running out of energy! After entering a user name, students must choose one of four game versions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division), then progress through multiple levels of increasing difficulty in an attempt to save Parabola.
The Wonders of Space  Franklin InstituteA simple introduction to the stars and solar system presented in a visually attractive format. Created as part of a collaborative effort with Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, this site will keep young students interested while they learn first facts about the stars and planets.
Secret Worlds: The Universe Within Start outside the Milky Way galaxy and zoom in through powers of ten until you see the smallest part of a proton in an atom on a leaf. The site further explains exponential notation (for older students).
Explore Mars! National Geographic - Explore the planet of Mars using a land rover, searching for evidence of life. Learn to read a map key and to determine location coordinates. Understand basic facts about how a global positioning system works by reading from square to square and from communicating facts about its position and movements.
NASA Kids' Club  A wonderfully interactive and engaging virtual playground – filled with educational games and resources on space-related topics. Turn your students loose to explore five different levels of activities.
Amazing Space Solar System trading cards can be printed from this page.


Dreams Of Space This site offers a good timeline of Space.


Windows to the Universe  This site is available in both English and Spanish.  It includes a wealth of information about the Earth and Sciences.



Interactive flashcards that are printable and in three languages. There is an eBook and suggested interactive educational activities.
Museo Trampolín Sistema Solar planets, diminesions, the universe, etc.
Windows to the Universe
Solar System planets astronomy and the universe.
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    • TueOct13 US: 8th Grade Preview Day at King 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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