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The concept of the universe can be incredibly complicated on a physical and mathematical level. Yet Salman Khan is able to explain ideas that lead to conclusions of universe size. He uses intriguing diagrams and presents information that should keep viewers interested.
The universe is much larger than we can imagine, and in many ways, much smaller than we can see. Sal explains how the universe itself may be smaller than the observable universe based on the theory of Cosmic Inflation. The video covers how fast light travels, as well as theoretical constructs that may be best suited for AP high school or higher education students.
Your young historians will analyze several primary source documents regarding the Holocaust and then incorporate the information they have gathered into an essay on the treatment of Jews and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
High schoolers explore an idea about the history of human knowledge of the universe and understand the process of scientific exploration. In this scientific exploration activity students contemplate the state of astronomy and future missions.
In this universe quiz activity, learners complete a set of 10 multiple choice questions that cover a variety of concepts about the universe: constellations, black holes, the solar system, etc.
Sal defines and explains the premise of Hubble's Law and then uses trigonometry to show the relationship between velocity and distance. He explains that as the universe expands, objects get farther away from each other; as objects move away from each other, the relative velocity increases proportionally to the relative distance.
We have all heard about the Big Bang and other theories about how the universe began, but how will it end? Cosmologists study dark matter and dark energy to try to figure out the answer to this mind-blowing question. This topic is a terrific addition to your lesson on the origin of the universe in your astronomy class.
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.
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.
One of our most helpful tools in understanding the universe is the Hubble Space Telescope. Part four concludes this series with a story about the issues and triumphs of the Hubble Space Telescope. The elements of the universe and where they came from is also covered in this comprehensive video series.
Part three of this four-part series on the origins of the universe describes the radiation that can be heard in static radio signals and the other amazing remnants left today that were around at the time the universe was born. Stars, elements, building blocks of life, and the continuing timeline of the life of the universe are all covered in this clip.
Learners study the origin of the universe. In this earth science lesson, students observe teacher demonstrations and connect them to the big bang theory. They explain what the Hubble Law is all about.
In this University fees worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about University fees. Students complete 10 activities total.
Students analyze the size of the universe and calculate the time to travel to near and distant destinations.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
New! Human Rights
What basic rights are guaranteed to all Americans? Do citizens, legal aliens, illegal aliens, and minors all have the same rights? Should individuals all over the world enjoy the same rights? Class members read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of a unit study of the responsibilities individuals have to uphold human rights. This first lesson in the series, focusing on the rights that all people are guaranteed, ends with the class drafting a Teenage Bill of Rights.
A two-minute video corrects a slight error in the previous Khan Academy video about the observable universe. Sal points out that 300,000 years does not really have an impact on the number 13.7 billion, or the estimated time of the Big Bang.
Dave, a Discovery News reporter, asks a top space scientist three questions about the universe. This is a short video that will give learners an opportunity to understand what Hubble does, what it hopes to see on its next mission, and why it's so important to both the general public and scientists alike.
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 minuscule 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.
Eleventh graders explore the impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this social justice instructional activity, 11th graders read the document, respond to questions about the document, and read an article about Eleanor Roosevelt's involvement in writing the document.