Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
Universe Teacher Resources
Find Universe educational ideas and activities
The history of our understanding of the center of the universe is explored through this film. The ideas of Aristotle, Copernicus, Bruno, Descartes, and Herschel are included, as well as the new discoveries that have helped the theories evolve. Concepts mentioned include the Doppler effect, red shift, blue shift, and the big bang theory. Narration by a teenaged girl and colorful animations make this engaging even for the most distracted earth scientists in your class! Follow the video by discussing the questions provided on the website.
When we take things apart, we can learn how they work. Physicist Clifford Johnson explains how we break down all objects into elementary particles of matter and forces. Patterns have been identified with the particles, the existence dark matter has been suggested, and gravity's unexpected behavior at the quantum level all contribute to string theory. Studying the miniscule string theory can help us understand the vast structure of the universe! Strike a chord with your physicists by sharing this lesson on string theory.
Introduce young readers to informational texts with a well-designed, ready-to-use, and Common Core-aligned unit. Young readers will learn a variety of skills while studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). As the first lesson in this unit, the primary focus of the lesson is learning to use the norms of class discussion as well as close reading practices. Your young readers will learn and practice strategies such as rereading, annotating, identifying key vocabulary, and summarizing. Making use of great instructional strategies, this unit is a must see! Note: The level of text complexity for this module would most likely make it appropriate for older grades as well.
As part of a group of lessons, your class will return to the primary text for this unit, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Key vocabulary as well as close reading strategies continue to be the focus skills; however, this lesson also covers identifying the main idea. For this section of the unit, your class will read, annotate, and take notes on the first five paragraphs of the UDHR. As the expert reader, you will model close reading strategies for paragraph one and guide the class through paragraph two before they complete paragraphs 3-5 independently. As a closing activity, everyone should add to the set of flashcards they started in the previous lesson.
Interactive e-articles, graphic imagery, and high-quality video take you on a journey from the minuscule to the immeasurable! From the subatomic level, to the immense expanse of the universe, this will keep you occupied and learning about forces and matter for hours!
Considering a college search project? After picking a possible career choice, and determining if that career needs a technical college or university education, individuals examine a wide variety of sources and select three schools that offer preparation for this career. Considering school demographics, reputation of training in career field, and cost, pupils craft a persuasive essay to an anonymous donor persuading the donor to pay for their education at this university. Writers must include the rationale for choosing the school, why the school is good, and why the learner’s education should be funded. Finally, groups prepare a PowerPoint about a university of their choice. Although designed for the colleges and universities in Louisiana, the concepts can be applied to any state.
Students describe what scientists mean by an "expanding universe" in their own words. They explain how scientists comprehend the universie is expanding. Students comprehend the vast scale of the universe. They comprehend how theory and experiement come together to create scientific evidence.
In this universe and change worksheet, students read about the demotion of Pluto as one of the 9 planets as well as other changes in science. Students summarize their reading and identify unfamiliar words in the article. Students summarize the article using a graphic organizer and discuss with their classmates their understanding of the reading.
Here is the second part in a series of lessons where your class will return to their discussion of human rights and study of the primary source document the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Before continuing to read, they will need to understand why and how this document was written. First, show and discuss a video from UNICEF to demonstrate the need for such a document. Then have groups construct a timeline of events leading up to its creation. As with other lessons from this module, the lesson fosters great higher-level thinking skill such as asking questions and evaluating cause and effect.
Have your class read the story "The Magic Lake," retold by Liana Romulo, from Filipino Children's Favorite Stories. Guide them to identify the problem, solution, and universal theme. They compare the theme of this story to the theme of "A Feast of Gold" from the same book. The resource is well supported with vocabulary and information to build student background with the material. It also contains several useful charts and examples, but you have to register for a free login to get access to them.
Prompted by a viewing of Emiko and Chizu Omori’s Rabbit in the Moon, a documentary about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, high schoolers examine a series of documents, including the Bill of Rights and the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They summarize and share what they have read, and then write a reflection about whether or not the US government was justified in any of its actions toward Japanese Americans.
Complete activities as a part of a cultural analysis of Morocco. Exploring universal human themes using Laila Lalami's "The Storyteller," middle schoolers improve their levels of grade-level reading comprehension. The lesson plan includes a video clip to use, as well as a handout and a rubric for the assignment.