This
lesson
plan
is
part
of
the
DiscoverySchool.com
lesson
plan
library
for
grades
912.
It
focuses
on
scales
and
numbers
used
when
representing
distances
and
sizes
in
the
science
of
astronomy.
This
involves
developing
equations
and
using
scientific
notation
for
large
numbers.
The
Earth,
Sun,
Milky
Way
galaxy
and
universe
are
all
used
to
develop
understanding
of
this
concept.
It
includes
objectives,
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This
section
of
Cambridge
Cosmology
discusses
cosmic
strings
and
other
defects
in
our
Universe.
It
begins
with
phase
transitions
in
the
early
Universe,
and
how
cosmic
strings
and
other
defects
formed
early
on.
Cosmic
string
evolution
and
dynamics
are
discussed
while
looking
at
highresolution
numerical
cosmic
string
simulations.
Also
covered
are
possible
explanations
for
the
origin
of
largescale
...



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This Cambridge Cosmology site introduces the concept of black holes, explaining their properties and presenting observational evidence for their existence. Also covered are black hole formation, and determination of weight, size, and distance.



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This activity introduces students to the range of sizes among dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, helping them to visualize the actual sizes and gain a feel for the mathematical process of scaling. This activity contains goals, materials, methods, and discussion questions.



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This activity provides opportunities for making comparisons and predictions, and communicating electronically through computer networks, using sunrise and sunset times. The information and data gathered can be used as an introduction to a lesson on Earth rotation, tilt, seasons and time zones.



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This activity is designed to give students a better understanding of what parallax is and to gain some experience in using it. They will devise a method to calculate the distance of objects using observational data, describe how our eyes use parallax to determine the distance of objects, and make estimates of distances using parallax.



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This
activity
is
designed
to
replicate
Eratosthenes'
experiment
in
which
he
measured
the
circumference
of
the
Earth.
Students
at
two
different
schools
will
work
in
small
groups
to
take
accurate
measurements
at
a
specific
time
and
use
their
knowledge
of
geometry
and
trigonometry
to
determine
the
measure
of
an
angle.
They
will
also
use
significant
digits
in
their
reports,
calculate
percent
error,
and
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In this activity students build a device to capture an outline of the Sun and use geometry to determine its diameter. They will then calculate the percent difference between their value and the accepted diameter of the sun.



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The
Fermilab
Flora
and
Fauna
Exhibit
provides
information
on
wildlife
phenomena
commonly
found
at
Fermilab,
in
Illinois,
such
as:
bird
nests,
beavers,
buffalo,
Canada
geese,
deer,
fungi,
lichens,
poison
ivy,
insects
(including
prairie
insects
in
winter),
redtailed
hawks,
and
woodchucks.
A
section
on
math
patterns
in
nature
explains
what
Fibonacci
sequences,
golden
numbers
and
angles,
and
fractals
...



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This student activity demonstrates how foraminifera can be used to analyze climate. It contains background information and the classroom activity, which includes instructions and the required charts and graphs.



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