This easy-to-use, turnkey lesson plan is aligned with the NGSS High School Earth and Space Science performance expectations and disciplinary core ideas in ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe.
The lesson plan includes a summary, a list of resources, learning outcomes, the NGSS alignment for the lesson, lesson procedures, one Science Literacy Activity. The lesson plan also includes a discussion question and sample responses, assessment questions and an answer key.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
• Describe how Isaac Newton observed the spectrum of sunlight.
• Describe William Herschel’s experiments with starlight.
• Explain how Joseph von Fraunhofer rediscovered the dark lines in the Sun's spectrum.
• Explain what spectral analysis is.
• Explain how Gustav Kirchhoff interpreted the Fraunhofer lines in the spectrum of the Sun.
• Describe how the study of the Fraunhofer lines led to the discovery of helium.
• Explain how Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff established the foundation of spectral analysis.
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