1 - Motion of the Sky for Educators / Teachers

Current students - This page is for teachers. No tests are posted on these pages. 

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Core Videos
Labs / Activities
    • StarryNight
      • A1: The Day and Night Cycle (20-30 minutes)
      • E1: Finding your Way around the Sky (20-30 minutes)
      • A2: Year and Seasons (20-30 minutes)
      • E2: Constellations and Star Lore (30-40 minutes)
      • E3: Seasonal Constellations (20-30 minutes)
      • E4: The Zodiac and Astronomy's Astrological Roots (20-30 minutes)
      • I1: Artificial Satellites and the Space Environment
    • Measuring the Sky with your Hands (needs timing)
      • Using the star charts have students recognize the north pole star and be able to make estimation measurements with their hands. (E1.3)
    • Location Quest Scavenger Hunt! (needs created, timings)
      • Hide envelopes throughout the building and have students go on a 'Quest' to find them using the coordinate system. 
    • The Seasonal Globe Activity (needs created, timings)
      • The same activity that has been done verbally the past 5 years, but written down. Add in the 'Straw' parts (A2.5)
    • Dipper Clock (E2.3)
    • Shifting Sky Observation Activity
      • Would need to be introduced in the 2nd week and students would have to take measurements over the next 2 months and submit it at the end of the term.
    • Constellation in a Box
    • ADDING IN Satellites 4th semester
      • Overheating Satellites (energy cans insulated vs non)
    • Reinventing Time (NASA) - A reading packet about the nature of time, and why we have split time into time zones, etc. 
    • Motion of the Sky Kahoot! (20-30 minutes)
    • How will the Earth 'End' Panel Discussion
    • The Earth's Shape and Gravity
    • What Shape is the Earth?
    • How Big is the Earth?
    • Motion of the Sky Project Rubric
    • Geocentric Views Simulation (UNL Astronomy)
    • Retrograde Motion Simulation (UNL Astronomy)
    • Heliocentric Views Simulation (UNL Astronomy)
    • Module 1 Diagramming Formative Assessment (30-45 minutes)

    Nebraska state standards assessed in this Module:

    • Inquiry, the Nature of Science, and Technology
      • SC12.1.1.e Use tools and technology to make detailed qualitative and quantitative observations
      • SC12.1.1.g Analyze and interpret data, synthesize ideas, formulate and evaluate models, and clarify concepts and explanations
      • SC12.1.1.i Propose and/or evaluate possible revisions and alternate explanations
      • SC12.1.1.k Evaluate scientific investigations and offer revisions and new ideas as appropriate
      • SC12.1.2.a Recognize that scientific explanations must be open to questions, possible modifications, and must be based upon historical and current scientific knowledge
      • SC12.1.2.b Describe how society influences the work of scientists and how science, technology, and current scientific discoveries influence and change society
      • SC12.1.2.c Recognize that the work of science results in incremental advances, almost always building on prior knowledge, in our understanding of the world
      • SC12.1.2.d Research and describe the difficulties experienced by scientific innovators who had to overcome commonly held beliefs of their times to reach conclusions that we now take for granted