Week 1

Astronomy is a Science which involves the other sciences

  • Big Ideas:Essential Questions: What are the essential characteristics of scientific research?
    • Science knowledge is tentative, empirically based, subjective, involves inferences, imagination and creativity and is socially and culturally embedded.
    • Astronomy is a science discipline which involves science and engineering practices common to all sciences.

  • Nature of Science Unit Plan
  • Teacher Resources
  • Student Resources
  • Unit Plan Week 1 & 2 Option 1
  • Unit Plan week 1 & 2 Option 2

Week 2

Science & Engineering Practices

  • Big Idea
    • Science and Engineering Skills can be learned
  • Essential QuestionTeacher Resources
    • What are the essential characteristics of science and engineering practices?

  • Student Resources

Weeks 3-5

History of Astronomy

  • Big Ideas:
    • Practice of Astronomy throughout different periods in human history
    • Cosmological Views and Contributions of Ancient Cultures, The Greeks (Golden Age) and of famous Early Astronomers (Renaissance Period)
    • Evolution of Our Understanding of the Universe
  • Essential QuestionHistory of Astronomy Unit Plan
    • What Contributions can be credited to prehistoric and classical astronomers?

  • Teacher Resources
  • Student Resources

Week 6-7

CHAPTER Earth, Moon, and Stars

Small Research Project

  • Big Idea:
    • Developing Questions
    • Finding Creditable and Reliable Sources
  • Essential QuestionNASA Small Research Project Unit Plan
    • How to Develop a Research Question?
    • How to conduct Research?

  • Teacher Resources
  • Student Resources

Week 8-9

CHAPTER The Solar System

Small Research Project

Week 10-11

CHAPTER Comparing the Planets

Small Research Project

  • Big Idea
    • Analyze & Interpret Data
      Draw Evidence & Construct Explanations
  • Essential QuestionTeacher Resources
    • How to Analyze and represent data?

  • Student Resources

Week 12-13

CHAPTER The Stars in Space (Josh)

Big Idea:

Small Research Project (Kafi)
  • Big Idea:
    • Research Paper Draft
    • Peer Review
  • Essential QuestionTeacher Resources
    • How to write a scientific research paper?

  • Student Resources

Week 14-15

CHAPTER The Stars over Time
Small Research Project
  • Big Ideas:
    • Presentation Preparation
  • Essential Question:Teacher Resources
    • How to create a presentation?

  • Student Resources

Week 16

Complete Small Research Project - Kafi
  • Big Ideas
    • Complete Small Research Paper
    • Present Research Project
  • Essential QuestionsTeacher Resources
    • How to Create a Content Trailer
    • Oral Presentation Expectations

  • Student Resources

Week 17

How the Big Bang theory accounts for the structure of the Universe

Week 18

Week 19

Quarter 3: Mathematical Representations (10 Weeks) Goals 5 and 6

  • Adler Lunar Data - (Eman?)

Hunting for Habitable Planets (Kepler) - Bob

  • Subunit # 1: Designing Your Habitable Planet
  • Subunit # 2: Searching for Habitable Planets

  • Big Ideas
    • Our universe is enormous, and contains a divesity of objects with a variety of characteristics.
    • The number of stars in our universe could be 300 sextillion.
    • Planet formation may be common around many stars.
    • Scientists investigate and study very distant objects in the Universe by analyzing the light that comes to Earth from these objects.
    • There may be other habitable planets in our universe.
    • Current planet detection methods are able to find only a small fraction of the number of planetary systems that exist in the Universe.

    • Essential Questions
      • Are we alone in this universe?
      • Do planets form around all stars?
      • Is life common in our universe?
      • Is it possible to find life on other planets? Intelligent life?
      • What conditions are necessary for life to exist on a planet?
      • How does one find a planet around another star?
      • How can one know if another planet is habitable or not?
  • Unit Plan
  • Teacher Resource
  • Student Resource


Big Ideas

    • Sloan Digital sky survey (SDSS)
    • Survey instruments
    • Data- calibration, processing
    • SDSS imaging and spectroscopy
  • Essential Questions
    • What is SDSS?
    • How to use the SQL Search tool to look for data?
    • How is the server useful for getting data for individual objects?
    • How to search for data?
    • How to read SDSS data files?
    • How to operate SDSS data
  • Astronomy Unit Plan
  • Teacher Resources
  • Student Resource

Quarter 4: Research Project (7 weeks) Goal 7

  • Written - (unassigned)

  • Visual - (unassigned)

  • Oral - (unassigned)