This unit 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.
8A. understands the properties and dynamic nature of the solar system.
8D. observes, describes, and explains the relative and apparent motions of objects in the sky.
8G. demonstrates the ability to use instruments or to explain functions of the technologies and tools used in the study of the space sciences."
Unit XIII “The Solar System” contains four comprehensive PowerPoint lessons; two review programs with printable color PDF worksheets; four student PPT note guides; Venn diagrams; an Internet lab exercise and other student worksheets; quizzes and a unit test (Word and PDF) with answer keys.
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 matter.
A class activity is included at the end of each PowerPoint lesson and a 20-question interactive quiz/review at kahoot.it is also included as a link in the last slide.
An Internet unit review activity (or "webquest") has been added as well as a video worksheet "Universe: The Hunt For Ringed Planets." The worksheet includes the video link to youtube if the DVD or video tape is not available.
All lessons/programs (not assessments) can also be found separately in the AstronomyDad store.
Terms/concepts in this unit include:
solar system, geocentric, heliocentric, planets, Sun, Moon ,retrograde motion, epicycles, deferent, orbits, Ptolemy, Aristarchus, Copernicus, solar nebula, condensation theory, planetesimals, Jovian planets, extrasolar planet, exoplanet, Kepler telescope, Kepler-62 system, light year, Inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth , Mars, cratering, planetary atmospheres, magnetic fields, planetary composition, runaway greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide, global warming, astronomical unit, plate tectonics, mountain ranges, red planet, Valles Marineris, Olympus Mons, weathering, planetary tilt, seasons, Phobos, Deimos, Mariner, Viking , Pioneer, Outer planets, gas giants, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Voyager, Galileo, Great Red Spot, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, natural satellites, moons, oceans, Saturn's rings, Titan, methane lakes, Huygens probe, Cassini, Uranus' rings, Uranus' tilt, Great Dark Spot, Triton, cryo-volcanoes, Pluto, dwarf planets, major planets, comets, Comet McNaught, Halley's Comet, Oort cloud, nucleus, coma, tail, meteor showers, Geminids, meteor, meteoroid, meteorite, asteroid, Eros, Barringer crater, Ceres, NEAR spacecraft, Apophis
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