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Dance of the Moon and Oceans
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Dance of the Moon and Oceans

Correlations to National Science Education Standards

Grades K–4
Earth and Space Science – Content Standard D
Properties of earth materials

  • Earth materials are solid rocks and soils, water, and the gases of the atmosphere.

Objects in the Sky

  • The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described

Changes in the Earth and Sky

  • The surface of the earth changes.
  • Objects in the sky have patterns of movement. The sun, for example, appears to move across the sky in the same way every day, but its path changes slowly over the seasons. The moon moves across the sky on a daily basis much like the sun. The observable shape of the moon changes from day to day in a cycle that lasts about a month.

Grades 5–8
Science as Inquiry – Content Standard A
Understandings about Scientific Inquiry

  • Different kinds of questions suggest different kinds of scientific investigations. Some investigations involve observing and describing objects, organisms, or events; some involve collecting specimens; some involve experiments; some involve seeking more information; some involve discovery of new objects and phenomena; and some involve making models.
  • Mathematics is important in all aspects of scientific inquiry.

Earth and Space Science – Content Standard D
Earth in the Solar System

  • Gravity is the force that keeps planets in orbit around the sun and governs the rest of the motion in the solar system. Gravity alone holds us to the Earth's surface and explains the phenomena of the tides.


Last updated
August 30, 2010

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