Exploring Earth Science The Earth and Moon. Third Grade Mrs. Farrer’s Class State Science Core. Travel along and we will find out where we live in space and what we can see in space. Do you know what a solar system is? Do you know what is in our solar system ?.
Third Grade Mrs. Farrer’s Class State Science Core
If we were to put the planets in order , from the one closest to the sun, they would be Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
It has oceans full of water, green forests, animals, plants, and breathable air. It is a unique planet. From space, the Earth looks like a beautiful blue-green marble, with white swirling clouds.
Sunlight comes from the sun to the Earth. The sunlight that warms our faces right now left the sun over eight minutes ago. The sun warms the Earth.
The Earth whizzes along spinning in space at 67,000 miles an hour. We can’t feel it spinning. Yet is makes one complete turn every 24 hours.
This spinning around like a top is called rotation. As it spins only one side faces the sun. Day begins when our part of the world turns to face the sun.
Night falls when our part of the Earth turns away from the sun. The side facing away from the sun has nighttime.
This rotation or spinning of Earth causes day and night. The Earth rotates on its axis. The axis is an imaginary line through its center. It rotates once every 24 hours causing day and night.www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/activities/radiobuttonquiz/Earthpz.shtml
The moon circles around the Earth about once every 28 days. The moon does not spin like the Earth. The moon only spins once a month on its axis. The moon looks bright at night, but it does not make its own light.