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Earth and Space Science

The students will use a simulation from a website that allows for the manipulation of the Sun's position by adjusting the location on earth and time/date.

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Students will use multiple graphs and data dealing with evidence from sun spot cycles, tree rings, and volcanic eruptions to gain an understanding of what factors can change our climate. The lab is broken into three parts that could be completed individually or all at once with a forth part as the conclusion.

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The students will be using a website simulation that deals with light spectra. They can manipulate the simulation to see differences in wavelengths, temperature, color, and peak intensity. Another part of the lab deals with using spectra glasses with various light sources to see the spectral lines that are given off.

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The students will use a Hertzsprung-Russell(HR) Diagram simulation/animation from a website for this lab. This site allows the student to manipulate the variables of stars from the HR diagram (temperature, color, spectral type, size/mass, luminosity), in order to understand how stars can be classified/categorized.

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The following unit is part of the final unit for the Prentice Hall Explorer Astronomy text.  This unit focuses on how the universe formed, the sun, planets, as well as comets, asteriods and meteors.

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The Kepler's Laws and Planetary Motion activity will help students understand how Kepler's laws relate to the orbit of the Earth and other planets. Students will draw and use data to come up with descriptions of Kepler's three laws of planetary motion.

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This blended unit explores how our sun works, how it affects us on earth, and how we are studying and monitoring it today. Parts of it take place in the classroom, while others utilize a computer lab. Formative assessments are included, as well as a student-created formal assessment.

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This is the first investigation of a Earth History Unit. Students will begin to look at Earth's processes and systems that have operated over geological time.They will begin with the study of landforms and rocks that make up the Earth's crust.

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This test consists of 10 multiple-choice questions and 3 essay questions. The test covers the motion of the sun, moon, and stars, as well as contributions made by early astronomers including Ptolemy, Copernicus, Eratosthenes, and Galileo.

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This interactive simulation/movie allows students to watch the changing altitude of the sun at noon throughout the entire year. Along with the simulation is a time-lapse video showing the changing shadow of a large building, and the changing seasons outside.

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