NGSS Scale and History of the Universe HS-ESS1-1 MS-ESS1-3 Google Ready Activity


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After this activity your students will have a much deeper understanding of how our universe started and how the solar system and life evolved into what it is today! It’s interactive, inquiry based, metacognitive and integrated NGSS!!! I highly recommend you purchase The Universe and Its Stars in my store. It’s only $2.99 and it’s a perfect scaffold for this resource. Another great resource to accompany this one is Scale of the Universe. It teaches students how big objects are and their distances from earth. I teach that first and then follow up with this resource, which teaches students how everything formed.

You can do this lesson all online, hard copies, or a combination of both. I also have it formatted to have a notebooking option.

What Students do:
-Students use prior knowledge to guess the events that occurred from the Big Bang till now
-Students sort cards with major events on them
-As students watch a very engaging video, students rearrange the cards in the correct order.
-Students then glue cards on to a timeline that gives them a great perspective as to how the universe, matter, stars, the solar system and life on earth formed. The timeline is great a making students think critically and to recognize patterns in the formation of the universe and its stars.

Concepts Included:
Scale and Patterns
Formation & Age of the Universe
Formation of Matter
Formation of the Stars, Galaxies & Planets
Formation of the Solar System
Formation of the Earth and Life on Earth
Goldilocks Effect

This resource includes the following:
-Student Handout
-Teacher slides with detailed teacher Notes for pacing, classroom discussions and classroom management
-Cards and timeline for notebooking or handouts

NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) Middle School:
ESS1.A:  The Universe and Its Stars
• Earth and its solar system are part of the Milky Way galaxy, which is one of many galaxies in the universe. (MS-ESS1-2)
ESS1.B:  Earth and the Solar System
• The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them. (MS-ESS1-2), (MS-ESS1-3)
ESS2.A:  Earth Materials and Systems
• The planet’s systems interact over scales that range from microscopic to global in size, and they operate over fractions of a second to billions of years. These interactions have shaped Earth’s history and will determine its future.  (MS-ESS2-2)

NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI) High School:
ESS1.A:  The Universe and Its Stars

• The star called the sun is changing and will burn out over a lifespan of approximately 10 billion years. (HS-ESS1-1)
• The study of stars’ light spectra and brightness is used to identify compositional elements of stars, their movements, and their distances from Earth. (HS-ESS1-2), (HS-ESS1-3)
• The Big Bang theory is supported by observations of distant galaxies receding from our own, of the measured composition of stars and non-stellar gases, and of the maps of spectra of the primordial radiation (cosmic microwave background) that still fills the universe. (HS-ESS1-2)
• Other than the hydrogen and helium formed at the time of the Big Bang, nuclear fusion within stars produces all atomic nuclei lighter than and including iron, and the process releases electromagnetic energy. Heavier elements are produced when certain massive stars achieve a supernova stage and explode. (HS-ESS1-2), (HS-ESS1-3)

NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC):

· Scale, Proportion and Quantity
· Systems and System Models
· Cause and Effect
· Patterns

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices (SEP):
· Analyzing and Interpreting Data
· Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information.

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