Unit 3

Stars & Elements

Stars & Elements

(This is part of the Big History Project Program)

Teachers

Allison Bruning

Prerequisite

Unit 2: The Big Bang

Subjects

History, Science, Reading and Writing

Ages

10 - 17 years old

   

Sessions

 

Session 1: The Life of a Star

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will define advance, arrange, chemical, chemistry, civilization, compound, discover, discovery, element, establish, hydrogen, institute, property, scientific, substance, supernova, and universe.

Students will access any prior knowledge they about the creation and life cycle of a star in order to build upon the facts they already know. 

Students will review the vocabulary for this unit.

Students will complete and discuss their answers on the Vocabulary: Part 1 worksheet.

Students will watch and discuss "How Were Stars Formed?"

Students will describe the three main types of galaxies: spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies, and irregular galaxies.

HOMEWORK:

1) Read National Geographic's Galaxies and Galactic Clockwork: Astronomers find all galaxies rotate once every billion years

2) Choose a galaxy and create a poster with facts about that galaxy. Be prepared to share your galaxy with the class in the next session. 

Session 2: Understanding Cause and Effect: Part 1

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present and discuss their homework. 

Students will identify causes, consequences (both short- and long-term), and triggering events.

Students will identify and discuss Threshold 2 

Students will watch and discuss "A Big History of Everything - H2"

HOMEWORK:

Bring art supplies and drawing paper with you to the next session.

 

Session 3: Star Comic

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "A Star is Born"  and  "The Birth of the First Stars"

Students will review Threshold 1 and 2 then determine how they relate to our modern world. 

Students will analyze and discuss modern research concerning star formation. 

Students will create a comic showcasing five major events in a star's life.

Students will identify and discuss Threshold 3

HOMEWORK:

Finish your Star Comic.

Session 4: Is It In There?

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present their Star Comic to the class. 

Students will investigate the ingredients in modern day items to determine if there is a connection between the chemical elements created in dying stars and the world around us today.

Students will examine the Driving Question Notebook and Discussion Guide. 

Students will practice academic language, claim testing and engaging discourse through a class discussion centered around the driving question.  

Students will watch and discuss "Threshold 3 - New Chemical Elements."

HOMEWORK:

1) Read The Photographic Period of Elements.

2) It's Elementary Project (Outline and Research)

Session 5: What Did Stars Give Us?

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "What Did Stars Give Us?" and "Ever Wonder How Elements are Formed ? Fusion and Beyond!"

Students will review the vocabulary for this unit.

Students will complete and discuss their answers on the Vocabulary: Part 2 worksheet.

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course: Why Star Stuff Matters."

HOMEWORK:

Write your It's Elementary Project Essay

Session 6: Understanding Cause and Effect: Part 2

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present their It's Elementary Project Essay

Students will identify causes, consequences (both short- and long-term), and triggering events.

Students will identify and discuss the relationship between Thresholds 1, 2, and 3.

Students will examine A Little Big History project (this is a project they will complete at the Big History Project)

HOMEWORK:

Superhero Element

Session 7: Ways of Knowing - Intro to Chemistry

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present and discuss their homework. 

Students will examine the Driving Question Notebook and Discussion Guide. 

Students will practice academic language, claim testing and engaging discourse through a class discussion centered around the driving question.  

Students will watch and discuss "Ways of Knowing - Intro to Chemistry."

Students will solidify their understanding of different scientific disciplines and practice thinking in an an interdisciplinary fashion.

HOMEWORK:

No Homework.

Session 8: Periodic Table of Elements

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course: Periodic Table of Elements" 

Students will examine different ways the Periodic Table of Elements was formulated.

Students will analyze "Dmitri Mendeleev: Building the Periodic Table of the Elements" and "Marie Curie: Chemistry, Physics, and Radioactivity" using the Three Close Reading method.

HOMEWORK:

1) Read "The Illustrated Periodic Table of Elements, in Pictures"

2) Create your own Periodic Table of Elements in an interesting yet accurate way. Be ready to present your table to the class in the next session.

Session 9: Timelines and Periodization

Students will present their Periodic Table of Elements

Students will review how scientists and historians use timelines as analytical tools. 

Students will understand how periodization is related to scientific revolutions.

Students will analyze a high school student's writing to improve upon their own writing skills. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework!

Session 10: Investigation 3

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Investigation 3 builds upon the student's writing from Investigation 2. The assessment provides an in depth look at the students writing ability. We will be working on our writing skills throughout the Big History Project. The periodic investigations will help parents, teacher and student determine the growth in the student's writing abilities. The assessment will not be used towards a grade nor will anyone judge the student.

HOMEWORK:

No homework

Session 11: Color of Stars Part 1

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will examine the different colors and variety of hues stars have.

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course Astronomy: Stars"

Students will analyze the "Morgan-Keenan Luminosity Class" using the Three Close Reads strategy. 

HOMEWORK: 

Read and analyze  "Wonder Women of History: Annie Jump Cannon" using the Three Close Reads strategy.

Session 12: Color of Stars Part 2

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will analyze and sort stars by color, temperature, and luminosity.

Students will observe a group of stars for trends and patterns. 

Students will review what they have learned so far about stars. 

Students will apply what they learned about how we classify stars to determine where these stars are along the main sequence.

HOMEWORK: 

No homework

Session 13: How Old is the Sun?

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will evaluate their prior knowledge about what they know about our sun.

Students will watch and discuss "How Do We Know How Old the Sun Is?"

Students will read and analyze  "Why Does the Sun Shine?" using the Three Close Reads strategy.

HOMEWORK: 

No homework

Session 14: Plasma Party!

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course Astronomy: The Sun"

Students will write a skit about the process of nuclear fusion that happens in the Sun’s core.

HOMEWORK: 

Let's Have Some Fun! Grab your friends and family. It's time to act out your skit with your family and friends. Make sure someone is recording your skit. Upload your movie to Classcraft. 

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