This series of curriculum support materials and classroom activities explores how our understanding of the nature of the Universe has changed during the past 100 years. Students examine the process of science through the stories of the people and the discoveries that caused our understanding to evolve from a static universe to a Universe whose expansion is accelerating. The series illustrates the nature of science by tracing the process of discovery from the confirmation of Einstein?s theory of gravity, to Hubble?s evidence for the expanding Universe, to the detection of the microwave background, and finally to the discovery of dark energy. The series includes six posters, each resembling the front page of a newspaper from a particular time in this history with articles describing the discoveries. Each poster is accompanied by an on-line teacher guide and 4-5 downloadable, inquiry-based lessons, which teach the science, the process of science, and skills for science literacy. Two downloadable ?Newsletter? versions of the poster are available for individual student use: one with the same text as on the poster, while the second uses text at a lower reading level.
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-554
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Author: James Lochner