Lesson Plan

An Understanding of the Positions of the Planets

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Copernicus published the heliocentric solar system concept in 1514. The Catholic church banned the book, and that ban wasn't lifted until 1835. Now the heliocentric model of the solar system is widely accepted, and the lesson explains how we communicate where planets are in the universe at any given time. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Research Copernicus
  • Graph how fast current space vehicles travel
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires prior knowledge of scientific notation
  • The third in a series of seven lessons
  • Includes an answer key
  • Highlights vocabulary throughout the lesson
  • Lesson follows a 5E format
  • Does not include a hands-on activity
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