An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how human use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment
Human’s curiosity leads to the understanding that Earth is part of an immense system called the universe
Lines of Inquiry
Function, Causation, Connection
Thinking skills (Analysis, Application)
Reserach skills (Formulating question, Observing, recording data, Organizing data, Interpreting data, Presenting researcxh findings)
Inquirer and Thinker
Curiousity, Creativity, Independence
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Solar System Word list
The closest bright star to our solar system.
The point in its orbit where a planet is farthest from the Sun.
The point in orbit farthest from the planet.
The point in orbit farthest from the Earth.
Any of numerous small celestial bodies that revolve around the sun, with orbits lying chiefly between Mars and Jupiter and characteristic diameters between a few and several hundred kilometers. Also called minor planet, planetoid.
Astronomical Unit (AU)
The average distance from the Earth to the Sun; 1 AU is 149,597,870 kilometers (92,960,116 miles).
One atmosphere is 14.7 pounds per square inch (105 Newtons per square meter); the average atmospheric pressure at sea level on Earth.
A glow in a planet's ionosphere caused by the interaction between the planet's magnetic field and charged particles from the Sun.
The Northern Lights caused by the interaction between the solar wind, the Earth's magnetic field and the upper atmosphere; a similar effect happens in the southern hemisphere where it is known as the aurora australis.
An object whose gravity is so strong that the escape velocity exceeds the speed of light.
An exploding meteorite.
The lower level of the solar atmosphere between the photosphere and the corona.
The dust and gas surrounding an active comet's nucleus.
1) The upper level of the solar atmosphere, characterized by low densities and high temperatures (> 1.0E+06 K); it is not visible from the Earth except during a total eclipse of the sun or by use of special telescopes called coronagraphs.
2) An ovoid-shaped feature.
A special telescope which blocks light from the disk of the Sun in order to study the faint solar atmosphere.
Electromagnetic rays of extremely high frequency and energy; cosmic rays usually interact with the atoms of the atmosphere before reaching the surface of the Earth. Some cosmic rays come from outside the solar system while others are emitted from the Sun and pass through holes in the corona.
The visible surface of the Sun (or any heavenly body) projected against the sky.
The apparent change in wavelength of sound or light caused by the motion of the source, observer or both.
The cutting off of light from one celestial body by another.
The plane of Earth's orbit about the Sun.
A bright region of the photosphere seen in white light, seldom visible except near the solar limb.
A sudden eruption of energy on the solar disk lasting minutes to hours, from which radiation and particles are emitted.
Named for the Greek Earth goddess Gaea, this hypothesis holds that the Earth should be regarded as a living organism. British biologist James Lovelock first advanced this idea in 1969.
A system of millions or billions of stars, together with gas and dust, held together by gravitational attraction.
A mutual physical force of nature that causes two bodies attracts each other.
The point at which the solar wind meets the interstellar medium or solar wind from other stars.
The space within the boundary of the heliopause containing the Sun and solar system.
A half of the earth, usually as divided into northern and southern halves by the equator, or into western and eastern halves by an imaginary line passing through the poles.
Center of persistent volcanism, thought to be the surface expression of a rising hot plume in Earth's mantle.
Rock or mineral that solidified from molten or partly molten material.
The inclination of a planet's orbit is the angle between the plane of its orbit and the ecliptic. The inclination of a moon's orbit is the angle between the plane of its orbit and the plane of its primary's equator.
The planets Mercury and Venus are inferior planets because their orbits are closer to the Sun than is Earth's orbit.
Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF)
The magnetic field carried with the solar wind.
A region of charged particles in a planet's upper atmosphere; the part of the earth's atmosphere beginning at an altitude of about 400 kilometers (25 miles) and extending outward 400 kilometers (250 miles) or more.
Any of the four outer, gaseous planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Zero K is absolute zero; ice melts at 273 K (0° C, 32° F); water boils at 373 K ( 100° C, 212° F).
One kilogram is equivalent to 1,000 grams or 2.2 pounds; the mass of a liter of water.
One kilometer is equivalent to 1,000 meters or 0.62 miles.
A general term for molten rock that is extruded onto the surface.
A tunnel formed underneath the surface of a solidifying lava flow.
Electromagnetic radiation that is visible to the eye.
The distance light travels in a year, at the rate of 300,000 kilometers per second (671 million miles per hour); 1 light-year is equivalent to 9.46053e12 km, 5,880,000,000,000 miles or 63,240 AU.
The outer edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body.
A dark spot.
Molten rock within the crust of a planet that is capable of intrusion into adjacent crustal rocks or extrusion onto the surface. Igneous rocks are derived from magma through solidification and related processes or through eruption of the magma at the surface.
A region of space near a magnetized body where magnetic forces can be detected.
The region of space in which a planet's magnetic field dominates that of thesolar wind.
The portion of a planetary magnetosphere which is pushed in the direction of the solar wind.
The degree of brightness of a celestial body designated on a numerical scale, on which the brightest star has magnitude -1.4 and the faintest visible star has magnitude 6, with the scale rule such that a decrease of one unit represents an increase in apparent brightness by a factor of 2.512; also called apparent magnitude.
Latin word for "sea." Galileo thought the dark featureless areas on the Moon were bodies of water, even though the Moon is essentially devoid of liquid water. The term is still applied to the basalt-filled impact basins common on the face of the Moon visible from Earth.
A shooting star, observed when a particle of dust enters into the Earth's atmosphere.
A part of a meteoroid that survives through the Earth's atmosphere.
A small rock in space.
Another term used for asteroids.
A diffuse mass of interstellar dust and gas.
A nuclear process whereby several small nuclei are combined to make a larger one whose mass is slightly smaller than the sum of the small ones. The difference in mass is converted to energy by Einstein's famous equivalence E=mc2. This is the source of the Sun's energy and, ultimately, of (almost) all energy on Earth.
The angle between a body's equatorial plane and orbital plane.
The blockage of light by the intervention of another object; a planet can occult (block) the light from a distant star.
The path of an object that is moving around a second object or point.
Shaped like an egg.
The visible surface of the Sun; the upper surface of a convecting layer of gases in the outer portion of the sun whose temperature causes it to radiate light at visible wavelengths; sunspots and faculae are observed in the photosphere.
Bright regions seen in the solar chromosphere.
A sky object moving in an elliptical orbit around a star
Energy radiated in the form of waves or particles; photons.
Regions of charged particles in a magnetosphere.
A star that has low surface temperature and a diameter that is large relative to the Sun.
The motion of any body, as a planet or satellite, in a curved line or orbit, until it returns to the same point again, or to a point relatively the same.
The spin of a body about its axis.
A body that revolves around a larger body.
The approximately 11-year, quasi-periodic variation in the frequency or number of solar active events.
The large cloud of gas and dust from which the Sun and planets condensed 4.6 billion years ago.
The collection of eight planets and their moons in orbit around the sun, together with smaller bodies in the form of asteroids, meteoroids, and comets.
A tenuous flow of gas and energetic charged particles, mostly protons and electrons, which stream from the Sun; typical solar wind velocities are almost 350 kilometers (217 miles) per second.
Speed Of Light
Light speed equals 299,792,458 meters/second (186,000 miles/second).Einstein's Theory of Relativity implies that nothing can go faster than the speed of light.
The cold region of a planetary atmosphere above the convecting regions (thetroposphere), usually without vertical motions but sometimes exhibiting strong horizontal jet streams.
An area seen as a dark spot on the photosphere of the Sun. They appear dark because they are cooler than the surrounding photosphere.
Large groups of smaller galaxy groups and clusters and are among the largest known structures of the cosmos.
The planets Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are superior planets because their orbits are farther from the Sun than Earth's orbit.
The lower regions of a planetary atmosphere where convection keeps the gas mixed and maintains a steady increase of temperature with depth. Most clouds are in the troposphere.
Electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths shorter than the violet end of visible light; the atmosphere of the Earth effectively blocks the transmission of most ultraviolet light.
The dark central region of a sunspot.
The totality of everything that exists, including all matter and energy, the planets, stars, galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space.
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Galaxies by Mr. Parr
1st Formative Assessment
PERSONAL RESEARCH - CELESTIAL OBJECT :
Students find the important information about the characteristics of one celestial object. They need to give complete and comprehensive description as well.
Size/mass/diameter, Distance from the sun, Properties (rock …/gas …), Color, Temperature, Motion (rotation, revolution), Gravity/magnetism, Number of moons/satellites, Rings, History of name, Images, Videos, Anything special about the celestial object ...
Individually, student will present their finding to the class (ideal duration : 15-20 minutes).
Student create a visual presentation about general description of celestial objects, comparison of Earth and one planets in our solar system and a comprehensive conclusion of Earth's ideal
2nd Formative Assessment
Students write scientific report for one of the experiments (gravity, magnetism, centrifugal and centripetal forces)
Pre- Assignment Activities :
The Assignment :
Natural Phenomena options
Multiple Intelligences Options
Word Smart - Student may enjoy hearing and listening activities, impromptu or formal speaking, tongue twisters, humor, jokes, oral and silent reading, instructions, documentation, creative writing, spelling, vocabulary, journal writing or diaries, prose or poetry, and creating television jingles. To demonstrate:
Logic Smart - Students may enjoy analyzing a challenge, using calculators, charts, codes, computers, creating number patterns (ex. 3, 2, 5, 7, 9, 12), databases, deductive/inductive reasoning, experiments, measurement games, graphing, finding or solving problems, finding patterns, inferring, creating or playing new games, reading or making outlines, researching, spreadsheets, time lines, and creating Venn diagrams. To demonstrate:
Picture Smart - Student may enjoy art, pictures, paintings, sculpture, drawings, doodling, mind mapping, patterns, designs, and creating color schemes. They may have an active imagination and guided imagery. They may like to play chess, put together puzzles, build with blocks, or find routes. To demonstrate:
Music Smart - Student may enjoy audio taped presentations, musical performances, music recitals, singing on key, whistling, humming, environmental sounds, percussion vibrations, tones or vocal sounds, rhythmic patterns, music composition or creation, instrumental sounds, tonal patterns, and rap music.
Body Smart - Student may enjoy role playing, making physical gestures, drama, mimicing voices or physical movements, martial arts, inventing, playing sports games, physical exercise, body language, folk or creative dance, and mime. To demonstrate:
People Smart - Student may enjoy group projects, interpreting others' feelings, division of labor, sensing others' motives, receiving and giving feedback, collaboration activities, person-to-person communication, cooperative learning strategies, empathy practices. To demonstrate:
Self Smart- Student may enjoy emotional processing, silent reflection, thinking strategies, focusing and concentration skills, higher order reasoning, meta-cognitive techniques, "know thyself" procedures, and complex guided imagery.
Nature Smart - Student may enjoy bringing the outdoors into the home or classroom, or relating the home or classroom to the natural world. They may like to monitor: precipitation, temperature, and ozone, measuring, charting, and mapping changes. They may enjoy observing: insects, plants, soil, and animals, keeping journals or logs, researching and collecting, classifying, sorting, predicting, recycling/ reusing/reducing, outdoor walks, hikes, & tours, and orienteering. To demonstrate:
taken from http://www.epd86.org/tech/aurora/bierdeman/activities.html