The solar system consists of many types of celestial bodies. Earth is the third planet from the sun and is located between the sun and the asteroid belt. It has one natural satellite, the moon. Water occurs on Earth as a solid (ice), a liquid, or a gas (water vapor) due to Earth’s position in the solar system.
The student will investigate and understand the characteristics of Earth and the solar system. Key concepts include a) position of Earth in the solar system; b) sun-Earth-moon relationships (seasons, tides, and eclipses); c) characteristics of the sun, planets and their moons, comets, meteors, and asteroids; and d) the history and contributions of space exploration.