Ch 17: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Astronomy

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The Astronomy chapter of this ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8 Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with astronomy. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Astronomy textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the ScienceSaurus Astronomy chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the astronomy topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Reasons for Earth having seasons and the moon having phases
  • Why tidal friction and solar eclipses occur
  • Planets in our solar system
  • How the moon was formed
  • Characteristics of stars, asteroids, comets and meteorites
  • Formulas for apparent and absolute magnitude
  • What galaxies and constellations are

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14 Lessons in Chapter 17: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Astronomy
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How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

1. How Earth & the Sun Affect the Phases of the Moon

This lesson will describe how the moon, Earth, and sun combine to form the phases of the moon. We'll also discuss the important concept of synchronous rotation.

The Cycle of the Seasons in Astronomy

2. The Cycle of the Seasons in Astronomy

This lesson will explain to you why the Earth has different seasons, what the equinoxes and solstices are, their names, and if the distance the Earth is from the Sun influences the seasons.

Why Does the Moon have Phases?

3. Why Does the Moon have Phases?

When you see the moon differently each night, you are viewing the different phases of the moon. This lesson explains this changing shape and how it is related to the positions of the earth, moon, and sun.

What Is a Solar Eclipse?

4. What Is a Solar Eclipse?

This lesson will describe what a solar eclipse is, why it's possible, when a partial or a total one will occur, and what cool effects occur during one.

Tidal Friction: Effects on Earth & the Moon

5. Tidal Friction: Effects on Earth & the Moon

This lesson will go over the concept of tidal friction, why it occurs, and how all of that has affected Earth's spin and day length, as well as the moon's rotation and distance from Earth.

Solar System Overview

6. Solar System Overview

This lesson will go over the major aspects of our solar system, including the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.

Formation of the Moon: Theories

7. Formation of the Moon: Theories

Explore the four major theories on the formation of the Moon. The theories include the fission theory, capture theory, condensation theory and giant impact theory. Also look at both information supporting and flaws found in these theories.

Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

8. Planets of the Solar System: Orbits & Visibility

This lesson will tell you which planets in our solar system you can see with the naked eye and which ones you cannot. You'll also learn how they appear to move in our sky and why we can see them in the first place.

Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

9. Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets: Definitions and Characteristics

This lesson will cover the definitions and characteristics of asteroids, comets and meteorites. It will also explore what impact they have had on Earth and the impact they might have in the future.

Stars: Definition & Facts

10. Stars: Definition & Facts

Before you name a star after someone, get the facts! Stars are a lot more than pretty lights up in the sky. Complete this lesson to learn more about nuclear fusion, main sequence stars, red giants, and more.

Apparent Magnitude: Definition & Formula

11. Apparent Magnitude: Definition & Formula

In this lesson you will learn the meaning of the term 'apparent magnitude', learn a few examples of the apparent magnitude of objects in the sky, and an equation to calculate apparent magnitude. A short quiz will follow.

Absolute Magnitude: Definition & Formula

12. Absolute Magnitude: Definition & Formula

In this lesson you will learn the meaning of the term 'absolute magnitude', a few examples of the apparent magnitude of objects in the sky, and an equation to calculate absolute magnitude. A short quiz will follow.

Galaxy: Definition & Explanation

13. Galaxy: Definition & Explanation

Galaxies are collections of stars, dust, and gas rotating around super massive black holes. This lesson will cover the structures and types of galaxies, including spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies.

What is a Constellation? - Definition, Facts, Formation & Examples

14. What is a Constellation? - Definition, Facts, Formation & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what a constellation is and how it is different to a star cluster. You will also learn how star clusters are formed and go over a few examples of both constellations and star clusters. A short quiz will follow.

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