Observing the Universe

Galileo is often credited as the inventor of telescopes, but he was just the first to use one to study the night sky. The last installment in a series of five about the Big Bang Theory looks at how scientists explore our universe. Groups first learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and then explore different types of telescopes and the information they provide.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Place pupils in groups of three to four, giving each group a computer
Classroom Considerations
  • Appropriate for upper-level middle school learners as well
  • Depending upon class level and available class time, duration could be one to three class periods
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