Explain that stars can be different; some are smaller, some are larger, and some appear brighter than others; all except the Sun are so far away that they look like points of light.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 3
Body of Knowledge: Earth and Space Science
Idea: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Big Idea: Earth in Space and Time - Humans continue to explore Earth's place in space. Gravity and energy influence the formation of galaxies, including our own Milky Way Galaxy, stars, the Solar System, and Earth. Humankind's need to explore continues to lead to the development of knowledge and understanding of our Solar System.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020040: Science - Grade Three (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7720040: Access Science Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))

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Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.3.E.5.In.1: Recognize that stars in the sky look different from each other.
SC.3.E.5.Su.1: Recognize that all stars except the Sun appear very small.
SC.3.E.5.Pa.1: Recognize stars in the sky.

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Lesson Plan


What is the sun? Why does the sun appear to be so big from Earth? These questions along with others will quench your inquisitive thirst. This lesson is intended to make students think critically while using real world literature. In addition to new gained knowledge, students will be challenged to work cooperatively with their peers and apply their knowledge through expository writing.

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