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Earth and Space Unit

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Topic  Classroom Activities  Success Criteria 

1. Introduction to Space: 


Tues Jan 8


Chris Hadfield: Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVQlJeESUgo


Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jaques on ISS



What is the ISS



Profile:  http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/canadian/active/bio-david-saint-jacques.asp


Living in Space: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/living-in-space/default.asp


Experiments in Space: 




-use scientific terms associated with space science 


Tour of the Solar System 


Friday Jan 11


Notes used in class: Solar System.pdf


Videos watched in class;


Everything You need to know about planet Earth: 



Solar System Video:



Virtual Solar System:




Task completed in class:  

Answer the following questions as you explore the solar system using the following

Planet Data.pdf



1. a) What is an Astronomical Unit?  Why are distances in space measured in AU?

b) Use table 1 in the following planet data to calculate the scalar distance of planets if the solar system was only 10 m wide. 


Use Table 2 in the above attachment or internet sources to answer the following questions.

2.  Which planets are most unlike Earth? Why?

3.  a)Which planets are most like Earth? Why?

4.  What is the difference between the inner and outer planets?

5.  What pattern do you notice about the surface temperature of the planets?  Why is this?

6.  How does size of the planet relate to the time for one rotation?

7.  Is it possible to walk on the surface of mercury?  (look at surface gravity, what would it be like?)

8.  How much larger in diameter is Jupiter compared to earth? 

9.  If NASA was going to consider sending a human mission to another planet, which planet would it be?



-list the planets in order and describe the structure of the solar systems

-compare and contrast the characteristics of the inner and outer planets

-define and use terminology such as :  asteroid, meteor, meteorite, comet, rotation, revolution, heliocentric, geocentric



3.  The Solar Nebula Theory 


Monday Jan 14 & Tues Jan 15



Task:  Activity: Solar Nebula Theory.pdf

Students will complete an activity mapping out the Solar Nebula Theory

Students will study the characteristics of the planets to evaluate the validity of the solar nebula theory.



Video: http://study.com/academy/lesson/solar-nebular-hypothesis-definition-lesson-quiz.html


Read About:  http://www.ck12.org/earth-science/Formation-of-the-Sun-and-Planets/lesson/Formation-of-the-Sun-and-Planets/




-describe in detail the proposed stages of development of a solar system

-evaluate evidence that supports this theory.



4. Space probes


Wed Jan 16


Space probes


1.  Name the space probes discussed in the articles and the locations they studied.

2.  Describe what has been learned about the solar system from space probes.

3.  Why are space probes valuable?

4.  Should we continue to spend money on this type of technology?




5.  Life and Death of Stars.   


Thurs Jan 17




1) Watch the following videos:

Life Cycle of Stars:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM9CQDlQI0A

Types of Stars:  http://study.com/academy/lesson/types-of-stars-by-size-color-and-life-cycle.html


2)  Define the following terms.

luminosity,                  dwarf star (black, white, red)

supergiant                  red giant

supernova                   black hole

neutron star                nebula


3)  Answer the following question using the Hertzsprung-Russel Diagram.

What is the relationship between the colour, luminosity and temperature of stars?


4) Complete the following Task:  Space Star Data and Questions.pdf


Resources:Check out the following websites summarizing information about stars 

Stars:  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/stars/startypes.shtml

SuperNova:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXV9mtY1AoI

Read over the powerpoint: life cycle of stars.pdf


-use the terms luminosity, temperature and colour to describe the characteristics of stars

-describe the life of low mass stars , main sequence stars and massive stars

-use terms such as red giant, super giants, supernova, black hole, dwarf star, fusion,


Friday Jan 18

Technology used to study space


Mauna Kea telescope image  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqHwc83XGcg


Hubble telescope:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--X9zfgZtS0


Keplar:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wxd3fDFmO4


Voyage 1 & 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9SjjcHd1Ec



Assess some of the costs, hazards, and benefits of space exploration and the contributions of Canadians to space research and technology. 



Exam Review 

Friday Jan 18


Astronomy Test Review



Task:  Vocabulary -use the links below to help you find the definition of each of these terms -provide examples to support your definitions


celestial objects, comets, meteors, meteorites, asteroids, planets, stars (such as Polaris, Sirius, Betelgeuse), constellations, orbital radius, retrograde motion, satellite, galaxies, universe, astronomical units, light years, aurora borealis, solar eclipses, moon phases


Glossary of Astronomy Terms:






How do we study the solar system and beyond using technology?

Space Research Question   





Name that Tune:  Space Theme















Other Space Resources


STEM Space School:  http://www.spaceschool.ca


Galileo the father of Astronomy:  http://www.biography.com/people/galileo-9305220

Video: http://study.com/academy/lesson/solar-nebular-hypothesis-definition-lesson-quiz.html


Read About:  http://www.ck12.org/earth-science/Formation-of-the-Sun-and-Planets/lesson/Formation-of-the-Sun-and-Planets/



Problem Solving Process V2.pdf


Space Shuttles.pdf


Challenger disaster:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JOjcDFtBE&feature=kp

Columbia disaster:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NIwofLKmL0





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