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 the Heliocentric model proposed by the Greek astronomer Aristarchus.
• Explain what stellar parallax is.
• Explain why many ancient Greek astronomers and scholars thought that the Earth did not move in space.
• Describe how astronomers use the diameter of the Earth’s orbit in their applications of the stellar parallax method.
• Explain why the ancient Greeks rejected the early Heliocentric model.
• Describe the Copernican model of the Solar System and its flaws.
• Calculate the distance to a star when the star’s parallax is known.
• Explain the retrograde motion of Mars.
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