Draw how objects would fall when dropped from various places around Earth, demonstrating that all things fall "down" toward Earth’s center.
Earth and Space Science
Earth in Space
In prior grades students learned that observing and recording the position and appearance of objects in the sky make it possible to discover patterns of motion. In grades 4-5 students learn the full implications of the spherical-Earth concept and Earth’s place in the Solar System. The upper elementary years are an excellent time for study of the Earth in space because students have the intellectual capacity to grasp the spherical-Earth concept and the relationship between the Earth and Sun. This major set of concepts is a stepping-stone to a later understanding of all concepts in astronomy and space science and an essential element to further understanding of how the Earth and other planets formed.
Earth is approximately spherical in shape. Things on or near the Earth are pulled toward Earth’s center by the force of gravity.