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The Solar System

Levels 3 and 4

NZC Achievement Objectives
Te Mātauranga o Aotearoa
  • Astronomy: Learn about the parts of the solar system, including the planets and their moons, with a developing understanding of the distances involved, and the factors relating to space exploration.

  • Ranginui: Ka ako haere i ngā wāhanga o te whānau a Tama-nui-te-rā, tae atu ki ngā aorangi me ō rātou marama, e mārama haere ai ki ngā tawhiti, ki ngā āhuatanga hoki e pā ana ki te toro ātea.

Learning Intentions
Integration Ideas

Learning Intentions are from the Ministry of Education

Integration ideas are from the Ministry of Education

Level 3

  • Students can find information obtained from space exploration. They can use this information to suggest explanations for the characteristics of and environmental patterns associated with the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and the planets in our solar system.

Level 4

  • Students can use binoculars, telescopes, and star maps to observe and describe the night sky. Such major features as the Moon, planets, prominent stars, and significant constellations.

  • Students can devise and manipulate models to explain the changing spatial relationships between the Earth, Moon, and Sun.

  • Students can research traditional knowledge about celestial patterns and knowledge was used in traditional technologies.

  • The Arts (Drama): Develop drama for a performance in an environmental setting.

  • English (Writing and Presenting): View photographs of a local environmental feature and co-operatively write a newspaper story to accompany it.

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