Finer grained standards that are part of this one
analyze the role of 1) the position of Earth in the Solar System; 2) the size of Earth and sun; and 3) Earth’s axial tilt in affecting the evolution of the planet and life on the planet.
analyze historical explanations for the origin of the moon.
create a model showing the position of Earth, the moon, and the resulting moon phases.
explain why there is not a solar and lunar eclipse each month.
create a model showing the position of Earth, moon, and sun during a solar and lunar eclipse.
differentiate between the inner (terrestrial) planets and the outer (gaseous) planets and their corresponding atmospheric characteristics.
compare and contrast the internal makeup of the four inner planets and explain why they vary so significantly.
compare and contrast the atmospheres, planetary makeup, surface conditions, and rotation of the planets.
compare the classification of the dwarf planet Pluto to the planets in relation to its orbit, and its similarity to other objects in the Kuiper Belt.
compare and contrast the defining characteristics among moons, comets, meteoroids, and asteroids.