What are telescopes and how do they work? This Concept Comparison Frame and Question Exploration asks the Essential Question: How do telescopes work, and compares refracting, reflecting and radio telescopes.
Framing Routines and Question Exploration Routines are instructional methods that teachers can use to help a diverse student population understand a body of content information by carefully answering a critical question to arrive at a main idea answer. Students taught using the Content Enhancement routines earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.
Personally, I use the Routines to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. It keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2-3 pages (about 45 minutes of directed class discussion). This product includes both completed question exploration guide and concept comparison frame. And, the student guides blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in.
These Concept Enhancement Routines have the following learning objectives and outcomes:
SWBAT Explain what telescopes are and how they work
SWBAT Identify the characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum and its applications.
SWBAT Explain how planetary images and satellite photographs are made
These Concept Enhancement Routines are classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science:
SC.8.E.5.10 Assess how technology is essential to science for such purposes as access to outer space and other remote locations, sample collection, measurement, data collection and storage, computation, and communication of information.
SC.8.E.5.11 Identify and compare characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum such as wavelength, frequency, use, and hazards and recognize its application to an understanding of planetary images and satellite photographs.
SC.912.E.5.7 Relate the history of and explain the justification for future space exploration and continuing technology development.
SC.912.E.5.8 Connect the concepts of radiation and the electromagnetic spectrum to the use of historical and newly-developed observational tools.
SC.912.P.10.20 describe the measurable properties of waves and explain the relationships among them and how these properties change when the wave moves from one medium to another.
SC.912.P.10.22 SWBAT Construct ray diagrams and use thin lens and mirror equations to locate the images formed by lenses and mirrors.