Lesson Plan

Size and Distance in Space

Pupils explore objects in space in terms of their distance and size. They learn how to write and interpret exponential notation, how distances are related to time and about light years, and apply all of this knowledge to objects in the universe. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Meet with math teachers to determine when pupils learn exponential notation, as this portion of the activity may be review at some grades
Classroom Considerations
  • Duration of activity will depend upon the level of classes; it could take anywhere between one and three class periods
  • Could be used for upper-level middle school learners
  • Part two in a series of five
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  • Brings in math, teaching how to write numbers in exponential notation
  • Each step within the Core activity, "Incredible Two-inch Universe," is also a podcast that your class can listen to or view with a sign-language interpreter 
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