Universe 101 Whole Unit (Intro to Astronomy, Universe Scale, Big Bang, Stars)

Universe 101 Whole Unit (Intro to Astronomy, Universe Scale, Big Bang, Stars)
Universe 101 Whole Unit (Intro to Astronomy, Universe Scale, Big Bang, Stars)
Universe 101 Whole Unit (Intro to Astronomy, Universe Scale, Big Bang, Stars)
Universe 101 Whole Unit (Intro to Astronomy, Universe Scale, Big Bang, Stars)
Universe 101 Whole Unit (Intro to Astronomy, Universe Scale, Big Bang, Stars)
Universe 101 Whole Unit (Intro to Astronomy, Universe Scale, Big Bang, Stars)
Universe 101 Whole Unit (Intro to Astronomy, Universe Scale, Big Bang, Stars)
Universe 101 Whole Unit (Intro to Astronomy, Universe Scale, Big Bang, Stars)
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This is a 20 day unit about the structure and scale of the universe, the big bang theory, and the life cycle of stars (among other things) that is guaranteed to engage your students and make your life a little easier. This is such a fantastic topic. I love astronomy and the natural curiosity it brings out in the students. This massive unit (pushing the 100MB limit) has over 70 documents, designed to give you everything you need and organized to be easy to use. Files are broken down by the day with each day including a detailed lesson plan and all necessary documents, PowerPoints, etc. The general flow of the unit is listed below:

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Pre-Unit
- Assign Astronomy Opinionnaires to be taken home and filled out

Day 1
- Starter: What is the Universe? discussion
- Universe 101 pretest
- Assign unit reading packet, crossword, and analysis questions

Day 2
- Starter: Where are you? Cosmic discussion
- Introduction to astronomy PowerPoint (this is one slick PowerPoint)
- Powers of 10 video clip

Day 3
- Starter: What do you want to know about astronomy? Discussion
- Astronomy opinionnaire analysis

Day 4
- Draw and label and atom - review from previous year's core
- Review of atoms and elements
- Periodic table assignment

Day 5
- Starter: Periodic Table Questions
- Big Bang Notes
- Big Bang Balloon Demos

Day 6
- Starter: Big Bang Questions
- Light, Sound, and the Doppler Effect

Day 7
- Starter: Doppler Diagram
- Red Shift
- Cosmic Background Radiation
- Big Bang Waterfall Assignment

Day 8
- Starter: Red Shift and Cosmic Background Radiation Questions
- Grade crossword and analysis questions
- Mid-unit checkup
- Work on waterfalls

Day 9
- Starter: Ranking ages of people, comparing to ranking stars
- Star Life Cycle Episode 1 - Birth and Youth (not your average PowerPoint, very slick and engaging)

Day 10
- Starter: Size of stars video
- Grade big bang waterfalls
- Star Life Cycle Episode 2 - The fate of our sun (awesome stuff)
- Astronomy acrostics assignment

Day 11
- Starter: Star life cycle questions
- Star Life Cycle Episode 3 - The Death Star (er, death of a big star)

Day 12
- Starter: Lights and elements
- Starlight lab (uber cool)

Day 13
- Starter: Nuclear Fusion
- HR Diagrams

Day 14
- Starter: We are Stardust - class discussion
- Astronomy acrostics due
- Star cycle board game project

Day 15
- Starter: Analyzing emission spectra
- Star cycle board game project

Day 16
- Starter: Fill in the blank star cycle
- HR Diagrams due
- Star cycle board game project

Day 17
- Starter: Mysterious objects in space
- Unit review sheet
- Unit notebook cover pages and organization

Day 18
- Starter: HR Diagrams
- "Password" review game

Day 19
- Unit test

Day 20
- Starter: Unit recap - what you knew, what you learned, what you liked
- Star cycle board game swap, critique, and play

Post Unit
- Pass back and go over tests, compare scores to the scores of the pretest and talk about how much they've learned

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The well structured lesson plans, the visually stunning and engaging PowerPoints, the thought-provoking starters, the reinforcing worksheets, all of these things and more make this unit well worth the download. Try it now and be amazed at how well it works in your own classroom!

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Contents: Below is a list of what is included in this package.

(1) Universe 101 Unit Guide (Start Here) Document
(2-21) U101 Lesson Plans, Days 1-20
(22) Universe 101 Pretest and Answer Key
(23) Universe 101 Core Tracker (used with the pretest)
(24) Universe 101 Reading Packet
(25) Universe 101 Crossword (used with the reading packet)
(26) Universe 101 Reading Questions (used with the reading packet)
(27) Universe 101 Day 1 Starter (PowerPoint with a clever, interactive spaceship cockpit frame, sound effects and animations)
(28) Introduction to Astronomy PowerPoint and Teacher Guide
(29) Astronomy Opinionnaire and Teacher Guide
(30) Astronomy Opinionnaire Analysis
(31) Astronomy Opinionnaire Analysis Makeup Assignment
(32) Periodic Table Assignment, Key, and Teacher Guide
(33) Periodic Table Notes for Absentees
(34) Big Bang PowerPoint and Teacher Guide
(35) Big Bang Notes
(36) Big Bang Notes Filled In
(37) Universe 101 Day 7 Starter (PowerPoint with a clever, science classroom frame, with reusable art, bubbling beaker, and whiteboard background)
(38) Big Bang Waterfall Instructions, Critique Form, and Teacher Guide
(39) Big Bang Waterfall Sample Template
(40) Universe 101 Day 8 Starter (PowerPoint template with cartoon rocket flying into a star on repeat)
(41) Universe 101 Mid-Unit Checkup and Answer Key
(42) Universe 101 Day 9 Starter (PowerPoint showing pictures of people in various stages of life, used as an introduction to the star life cycle)
(43) Star Life Cycle PowerPoint and Teacher Guide (absolutely beautiful and engaging PowerPoint)
(44) Star Life Cycle Notes
(45) Star Life Cycle Notes Filled In
(46) Astronomy Acrostics
(47) Starlight Lab (Spectral Analysis) and Teacher Guide
(48) Lights and Elements PowerPoint (goes along with starlight lab)
(49) Starlight Lab Makeup
(50) HR Diagram PowerPoint and Teacher Guide
(51) HR Diagram Student Sheet and Answer Key
(52) We are Stardust Writing Prompt and Teacher Guide
(53) Star Cycle Board Game Instructions, Critique, and Teacher Guide
(54) Star Cycle Board Game Sample
(55) Universe 101 Day 15 Starter (Illustrated spectra of hydrogen contrasting Earth's hydrogen with hydrogen from galaxies that are blue-shifted or red-shifted)
(56) Universe 101 Day 16 Starter (beautifully illustrated star life cycle with fill-in the blanks to test student knowledge)
(57) Universe 101 Notebook Cover Page
(58) Universe 101 Day 18 Starter (original labeled HR Diagram with questions)
(59) Universe 101 Password Review Game, Word List, and Teacher Guide
(60) Universe 101 Review Sheet
(61) Universe 101 Test, Key, and Analysis Sheet
(62) Universe 101 Test Dissection (invaluable 13 page document breaking down every question on the test for students to use in completing test corrections)

Note: There are more than 62 total documents in this package. Many of the above items have been lumped together for coherence. In fact there are well over 100 documents in this package if you count the PDF formats that have been included along with the original Word formats.

Keywords and Tags:
Astronomy
Universe
Galaxy / Galaxies
Big Bang
Red Shift
Blue Shift
Cosmic Background Radiation
Star / Stars
Nuclear Fusion
Gravity
Pressure
Nebula
Protostar
Main Sequence
Red Giant
Planetary Nebula
White Dwarf
Red Super Giant
Supernova
Recycled Stardust
Neutron Star
Pulsar
Black Hole
Spectral Analysis
HR Diagram

Author: Lucas Talley (Mr. Talley)
Total Pages
300 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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