Introduction Instructions

Performance Expectation(s)

  • Student will be able to explain how to take notes for learning conceptual vocabulary rather than rote memorization

All semester use

Cornell Note Taking and Learning Concepts rather than Vocabulary

  • Watch on
  • This video overviews the 2-column note-taking strategy that this Astronomy course is designed around.
  • Students may use another note taking method as long as it involves diagramming and explanation. Notes must be done by hand, notes done by hand require higher order thinking.
  • Listing definitions will not get credit per the rubrics.

Sketchpad Demo for Digital Notes with Mr. Willems

  • Watch on
  • Used for all Notes Assignments
  • Alternatively, students may take notes on paper using the same guidelines for the 'Cornell Note Taking and Learning Concepts rather than Vocabulary'

NGSS Science Standards

  • None

Nebraska Science Standards

  • None


Unit Prints

Student Outline

Class Openers and Hooks


One Documentary is included in each Units Lesson Plan. They should take ~50 Minutes, unless otherwise indicated.


Short (usually teacher led) requiring pre- and post- reflection.
  • A0-1 - What is Astronomy? Collaborative Poster
    • Time: 70 Minutes
    • Student Digital Instructions (PDF)
    • Part 1: Student Individual Drafting (15 Minutes)
    • Part 2: Student Group Consensus (15 Minutes)
    • Part 3: Student Finalizing & Coloring (30 Minutes)
    • Part 4: Student Presentation (10 Minutes)

Misc & Other

Videos and other materials that are used in the lesson plans for this course. Students may have seen these in class.