This is a whole unit on Classical Astronomy. This unit covers the earliest astronomers (Ptolemy, Aristotle, etc), how they made their discoveries, and how their discoveries guided more modern astronomers. In this package you will get everything you've seen individually in more store plus several extra bonus materials.
This package includes:
1. Sample pacing/lesson plans for the unit.
2. Lecture notes:
-"Observing the Sky": introduces students to the celestial sphere, finding their way around it, and making naked-eye observations. A student handout is included.
-"Classical Astronomy": introduces students to the early observers of the night sky. Students are shown how the Earth's circumference was measured, how we knew the Earth was round, as well as other observations of the night sky. A student hand out is included.
-"Eratosthenes": students attempt to use the same geometric principles as the early Greek mathematician to determine the circumference of a circle.
-"The Diameter of the Moon": students use more geometry to estimate the diameter of the moon using processes similar to the early Greeks.
-"Retrograde Motion": students graph the motions of Mars and Jupiter in order to show why they appear to move backward in the night sky.
-"Making a Planisphere": students construct a simple device that they can use to locate or identify stars and constellations in the night sky.
ALL Activities and Worksheets include answer keys.
4. Unit test and accompanying study guide (both with answer keys).
5. BONUS Materials Included in this unit:
-"Your Horoscope": students look into horoscopes and what (if any) science is involved in them.
-"Video Questions": these questions go along with a "Crash Course Astronomy" video on observing the night sky. The video can be found on YouTube.
-Term List: A list of vocabulary for the unit. This list is set up in a way that makes it easy to transfer into any format you wish to use (crossword, Quizlet, etc.).
Answer keys are included with all materials.
This unit should take 1.5 - 2 weeks to complete.