Earth/Space Complete Unit XI "Exploring Space"

Earth/Space Complete Unit XI "Exploring Space"
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Common Core Standards
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This unit aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
"STANDARDS 8 and 9 - The Universe and Practices of Science.
The competent science teacher understands and applies accepted practices and implications of science in contemporary and historical contexts.
8G. demonstrates the ability to use instruments or to explain functions of the technologies and tools used in the study of the space sciences.
9A. understands that the nature of science is a human endeavor characterized as tentative, public, replicable, probabilistic, historic, unique, holistic and empirical"

Unit XI “Exploring Space” contains three comprehensive PowerPoint lessons; two review programs with printable color PDF worksheets; three student PPT note guides and other activities; quizzes and a unit assessment (Word and PDF) with answer keys (PDF).

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 and a 20-question interactive quiz/review at is also included as a link in the last slide.
"Universe: Space Probe Secrets" video worksheet with the link to youtube (if the DVD or video tape is not available) is now included. Great for an introduction or as a review for the unit.

All lessons/programs (not assessments) can also be found separately in the AstronomyDad store.

Terms/concepts in the unit include:

light, light year, International Space Station (ISS), stars, Earth, electromagnetic radiation, photons, wavelength, frequency, electromagnetic spectrum (EM), radio waves, microwaves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays, gamma rays, telescopes, optical telescopes, refracting telescopes, reflecting telescopes, convex, concave, primary mirror, eyepiece lens, Hubble Space Telescope (HST), James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), active optics, adaptive optics, Keck twin telescopes, European Southern Observatory (ESO), radio telescopes, radio astronomy, rockets, action-reaction pairs, solid fueled rockets, liquid fueled rockets, propellant, combustion, Robert Goddard, Space Shuttle, satellites, orbit, Sputnik, space race, GPS, space probes, Mariner, Viking, Pioneer, Voyager, Galileo, Venera, Magellan, Yuri Gagarin, President Kennedy, Project Mercury, Project Gemini, Project Apollo, Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Michael Collins, Moon landings, space station, Skylab, Mir, Cosmonaut, weightlessness, space platform, Mars, Mercury, Messenger, Venus Express, ESA, Chang'e 1 , LRO, LCROSS, Spirit rover, Opportunity rover, Curiosity rover, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Cassini, Juno, Mars soil sample return mission, New Horizons, space benefits


Earth/Space Complete Unit XI "Exploring Space" by astronomydad is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
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