Expanding the Universe

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When Einstein first heard the theory of the expanding universe, he dismissed it as bad physics. Now scholars learn about the theory and how scientists prove it has merit. Through a hands-on simulation and videos, class members measure galaxies' relative positions and develop an appreciation for something many scientists dismissed in the past.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Remind pupils that not all galaxies are moving away from each other; some seem to stay at the same distance and others are moving closer
Classroom Considerations

  • Be aware of any latex allergies when using balloons
  • Relies on prior knowledge of galaxies, distances in space, and the universe
Pros

  • Includes options for multiple learning styles or intelligences
  • Follows a 5E format
  • Provides teacher tips throughout
Cons

  • None
NGSS