This mini unit centers around the Early Astronomers Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Ptolemy, and Brahe. This mini unit is intended to last 6 class periods of 45 minutes each. Each days activities are broken up the way I performed the unit, however, you can mix it up and do it the way that works for your individual classroom!
Day 1: Brain pop Videos & Reading Article
Day 2: Finish Reading Article & Take Notes (Present powerpoint through google drive or allows students to take notes at their own pace with a flipped classroom of a voice over lecture included!) Start task cards if time
Day 3: Task cards
Day 4 & 5: Race Car Lab
Materials required: (You can make cheaper substitutions if you choose this is just what worked for me)
Pine wood derby cars (I bought 10 and had students work in groups)
Fishing Weights (walmart)
Cardboard for ramps (I cut up copy paper boxes)
Textbooks (to give ramp height)
Day 6: Early Astronomer Quiz
I hope you enjoy this mini unit as much as I did!