This easy-to-use science literacy activity 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.
It includes learning objectives, the NGSS alignment for the activity, one science literacy article, assessment questions and an answer key. The activity is ideal to supplement an astronomy, earth and space science lesson or as a substitute teacher lesson plan.
This activity is also included in NGSS Earth & Space Science Astronomy Lesson Plan #11 Space Weather, Solar Activity .
Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to:
• Describe the Faint Young Sun Paradox.
• Describe the properties of superflares.
• Describe how scientists use empirical evidence from observations of young solar-type stars to explain the Young Sun Paradox.
• Explain how superflares could lead to the conditions on the young Earth favorable for the emergence of life.
• Describe what would happen to the Earth today should the Sun produce a superflare.
• Use observational evidence in the analysis of the likelihood for the modern Sun to produce a superflare.
This activity is also included in Earth and Space Science Astronomy Learning Activities MEGA BUNDLE .
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