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Illustrations RebeccaW.Keller,PhD MarjieBassler Copyright 2013 Gravitas Publications, Inc. Allrightsreserved.Nopartofthispublicationmaybereproduced,storedin aretrievalsystem,ortransmitted,inanyformo

FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Introduction iii A Note From the Author This curriculum is designed to give students both solid science information and handson experimentation. The middle school ma

iv FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Teachers Manual How To Use This Manual Each chapter in this Focus On Middle School Astronomy Teachers Manual begins by providing additional information for the co

FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Introduction v Laboratory Safety Most of these experiments use household items. Extra care should be taken while working with all materials in this series of experim

vi FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Teachers Manual Materials at a Glance Experiment 1 pencil flashlight Experiment 2 2 sticks used for marking 2 rulers string protractor pencil square grid or grap

FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Introduction vii Materials at a Glance By type Equipment computer and internet service and Google Earth flashlight knife, butter or sculptors protractor ruler in cen

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Contents CHAPTER 1 Experiment 1 Constellations Review What Is Astronomy 5 10 16 21 11 1 CHAPTER 2 Astronomers Toolbox CHAPTER 3 Earth in Space Experiment 2 Measuring Distances Review CHAPTER 4 The

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Chapter 1 What Is Astronomy Overall Objectives 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Early Astronomers 1.3 Modern Astronomers 1.4 Changing Views of the Cosmos 1.5 Summary Experiment 1 Constellations Review 2 2 2 3 4 4

2 FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Teachers Manual Overall Objectives This chapter will introduce students to the scientific discipline of astronomy. It begins with a brief history of astronomy and

CHAPTER 1 What Is Astronomy 3 Explore open inquiry with the following questions How might the constellations be different if the Earth were flat If you were an early astronomer, how might you u

4 FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Teachers Manual 1.4 Changing Views of the Cosmos One of the most important shifts in understanding happened when our view of the solar system shifted from geocentr

CHAPTER 1 What Is Astronomy 5 Experiment 1 Constellations Objective Date The goal of this experiment is to help students become familiar with the night sky, the stars, and several constellations.

6 FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Teachers Manual Polaris is the North Star, and when you turn towards Polaris, you are pointing north. It doesnt matter in which direction the Big Dipper is pointin

CHAPTER 1 What Is Astronomy 7 Try to locate the Dragon. The Dragon constellation is between the Big Dipper and Little Dipper. head feet Dragon Little Dipper Polaris tail Big Dipper On the fol

8 FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Teachers Manual Draw the Dragon constellation as you observe it. Drawings may vary. Record your physical location, city, state, or country, whether you are in the

CHAPTER 1 What Is Astronomy 9 Conclusions Summarize how easy or difficult it was to find the North Star, the Big Dipper asterism, and the two constellations the Little Dipper and the Dragon. What r

10 FOCUS ON MIDDLE SCHOOL ASTRONOMY Teachers Manual Review Answer the following Answers may vary. The word astronomy comes from the Greek word aster means star and the Greek word nomas means to ass

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