Unit Title: Which telescope is best for observing space phenomena?
Brief Overview of enhancements: Students will research provided text, to determine which of the given telescopes is best for the space phenomena they have been provided.

This lesson is meant to be taught between the Energy and Earth and Space Units. It is assumed that students will have prior knowledge regarding the types of energy and how energy can be transferred and transformed. It is also suggested that teachers include a few introductory lessons on radiant energy, specifically the electromagnetic spectrum, before beginning this activity.

Earth in Space Unit Summary
Lesson #
Lesson Name
WA Science Standard(s)
Modification/Notes
Duration
N/A
Radiant Energy

Review Energy Lesson on Electromagnetic Spectrum (Light Waves).

EMLargePoster
30 min
N/A
What is out there?

Start unit with an icebreaker (UW Mobile Planetarium).
1 Class Period
N/A
Telescope Project Introduction

Explain norms/procedures. Designate partners and phenomena to each group. Provide handouts, timeline and rubric.
1 Class Period
N/A
Radiant Energy (this is from energy unit)
PS3D (light,
PS3F (waves)
Electromagnetic Spectrum (light waves)

1
Defining a problem
APPD
<EarthInSpace_Gr8_CER_ED_Life and Death in Space>

Group Evidence Collection Document
2 Class Periods
2
Intro phenomena and telescopes
PS3D, PS3F
Assign topic (phenomena)/ read articles and take notes on 6 telescopes

Phenomenon and Telescope evidence

3
Argue based on evidence
INQF
Debate/Argumentation in phenomenon groups

As a group pick best telescope- know the evidence being used to support claim
1 Class Period
4
Written argument
INQF/APPE
Writing CER

8th Grade PSEP CER Prompt and Teacher Exemplar

LifeAndDeathInSpace_TelescopeCER Rubric

Scaffolded Telescope CER

Telescope CER Rubric

Phenomenon and Telescope evidence
1.5 Class Periods