This is How the World Ends

Is this the end of the world as we know it? Pupils prepare for a coronal mass ejection during a lesson from the K20 series. The activity combines video and Internet research in a collaborative assignment that focuses on public safety during natural disasters.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by adding a PBS documentary that describes solar research
  • Have groups pick their own methods for delivering their public service announcement about CMEs
Classroom Considerations

  • Allow plenty of time for students to read the article, as it is difficult
  • Schedule research time in the computer lab well in advance of the lesson
Pros

  • The resource includes a Teacher Helper document to tackle the tough questions pupils may have about the article
  • Lesson is challenging yet engaging
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS