This ActivInspire review aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
"STANDARD 8 - The Universe and Practices of Science.
The competent science teacher understands and applies accepted practices and implications of science in contemporary and historical contexts.
8B. understands the properties and dynamics of objects external to the solar system.
8F. compares the processes involved in the life cycle of objects within the galaxies, including their physical and chemical characteristics.
8G. demonstrates the ability to use instruments or to explain functions of the technologies and tools used in the study of the space sciences."
An interactive student review to the first PowerPoint lesson "Stars" in the unit on "Stars and Galaxies" (Unit XIV). The review helps to explain how astronomers use constellations and stellar characteristics to identify stars and star distances. A PDF student study guide/worksheet can also be generated using this program.
PowerPoint lessons contain many graphics and at least two links to short videos to further student understanding.
PowerPoint slides also contain notes for the instructor based on students most "frequently asked questions" or FAQ's to help clarify the subject.
A class activity is included at the end of each lesson.
*All PowerPoint lessons; ActivInspire programs; student note sheets/activities and assessments for this unit can be found under the "Earth/Space Complete Unit XIV Stars and Galaxies" zip file folder.
Terms/concepts in this review include:
stars, constellations, Greek mythology, Betelgeuse, Orion the Hunter, circumpolar constellations, zodiacal constellations, Polaris, North Star, Big Dipper, Little Dipper, parallax, stellar parallax, parsec, light year, Alpha Centauri, Proxima Centauri, absolute magnitude, apparent magnitude, luminosity, magnitude scale, standard candle, color index, Mintaka, Rigel
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