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 #29 The Heliocentric Model .
Upon completion of this activity, 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.
This activity is also included in Earth and Space Science Astronomy Learning Activities MEGA BUNDLE .
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