Benchmark Question: Describe the motion of the Earth
around the Sun and the motion of the Moon around the Earth.
Focus Question: How does the Moon move around the
The teacher will pose the
Students, working in small
groups, will design a model of how the Moon moves around the Earth.
Students will collect the
materials they need and will create their models. Groups will have some
time to practice how they will present their models. Teachers should avoid
ÒcorrectingÓ misconceptions at this point.
Each group will present
their model. After presentations, the class will discuss similarities and
differences among the models. The teacher may guide discussion to correct
student misconceptions through inquiry. Groups then will be allowed to
alter their presentations and to make corrections. The groups then will
present their models again.