How Far is Far?

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The earth only revolves around one thing — and it's not any of your pupils. The lesson plan includes two activities dealing with the distance to the sun and the moon. First, scholars create a pin hole camera and use the rules of similar triangles to find the distance to the sun. Then, they use a model of the moon to figure its distance. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners research if Galileo went blind from looking directly at the sun
Classroom Considerations

  • The first activity can only be completed on a sunny day, and the second activity can only be completed on a day when the moon is visible
  • Warn pupils never to look directly at the sun
  • The third lesson in a series of 10
Pros

  • Includes assessment criteria
  • Provides extension ideas
Cons

  • None
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