Subject:
Mathematics
Problem Solving
Science
Technology

Topics: Space ExplorationSpace TravelParallax
Common Core State Standard: MP.1,
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking,
Concepts:

Throughout the “Mapping Out the Stars” lesson, students will develop a solid understanding of the following key concepts:

• Parallax as a fundamental method for measuring the distance to stars.
• Practical use of a protractor to measure angles within triangles.
• How Earth’s orbit serves as a valuable tool for astronomers to gauge star locations.
• The critical link between angle measurement and parallax in determining star proximity.
• The real-world application of mathematical principles in space exploration.
• Encouragement of curiosity and exploration in the fields of mathematics and science.

This exciting lesson empowers students to think like astronomers, explore the mysteries of the night sky, and uncover the mathematical foundations of measuring star distances through parallax. Prepare your students for an engaging cosmic adventure in math and science!

Knowledge and Skills:

During the “Mapping Out the Stars” lesson, students will gain essential knowledge and skills, including:

• Understanding parallax as a concept for measuring star distances.
• Practical experience using a protractor to measure angles within triangles.
• Comprehension of Earth’s orbit as a tool for astronomers to measure star locations.
• Critical thinking skills to analyze how changes in angle measurements relate to parallax.
• Gaining insights into the role of parallax in determining the proximity of stars.
• Making connections between mathematical concepts and real-world applications in space exploration.
• Encouragement of curiosity and exploration in the fields of mathematics and science.

This exciting lesson encourages students to think like astronomers, explore the night sky, and understand the mathematical principles behind measuring star distances through parallax. Get ready for a cosmic adventure in math and science!

Materials:

In this lesson, students will have access to the following materials to support their exploration of the cosmos:

• Detailed lesson plan with step-by-step instructions.
• Student handout for conducting experiments and recording observations.
• Guidance on setting up experiments to visualize parallax.
• Discussion points and background information on space exploration and parallax measurement.