How is the Earth Connected to the Moon, Sun and Other Parts of the Universe?

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General Information

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science
Grade Level(s): 4
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Suggested Technology: Document Camera, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, Interactive Whiteboard, LCD Projector, Overhead Projector
Instructional Time: 1 Hour(s)
Keywords: Earth, connections, sun, moon, rotation, revolution, galaxy, Solar System, stars

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