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The Impact of the Sun and Moon on Tides Lesson Overview

Students will explain the impact and relative positions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun on tides.


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60 minutes
Groups, Whole Class
PTI Inquiry
1.3, 4.1, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.8
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 5 min 5.2 Video, Simulation 2 Students watch video clip of tides on Earth.
Explore 10 min 1.3, 4.1 none 3 Students model the impact of the Moon and the Sun on tides.
Explain 10 min 1.3, 4.3, 4.1 EdPuzzle 2 Students answer questions during EdPuzzle activity.
Expand 10 min 1.3, 5.3, 5.8, 5.9, 5.5 Simulation 3 Students create their own 2D models of neap and spring tides.
Evaluate 10 min 4.3 none 2 Student will complete 4 question exit ticket.

Level of Student Engagement

1 Low Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2 Medium Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3 High Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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