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Person 1

Dr. Andrea Burrows

Secondary Science Education

Person 2

Dr. Adam Myers

Physics and Astronomy

Person 3

Dr. Mike Borowczak

Computer Science

Lessons & Activities

All right here - for easy access.

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Lesson plans designed by the participants in the LASSI workshop, by topic and grade level. Template lesson plan available here, and template poster here.

Elementary School

  • CO2 Vehicle (elementary, .docx, .pdf, credit: Lisa Pingrey)
  • Measuring the Crab Nebula's Expansion (grades 3-5, .docx, .pdf, credit: ShiAnne Kattner)
  • Light (grades 2-5, .docx, .pdf, credit: ShiAnne Kattner)
  • Determining the Mystery Planet (grades 4-5, .docx, .pdf, credit: ShiAnne Kattner)
  • Solar System Model - version 1 (grade 5, .docx, .pdf, credit: Sam Kramer)
  • Solar System Model - version 2 (grade 3, .docx, .pdf, credit: Sam Kramer)
  • Making a Path to Mars (grade 4, .docx, .pdf, credit: Dea Kobbe)
  • Angles, Degrees, and Protractors (grade 4, .docx, .pdf, credit: Dea Kobbe)
  • Locating a Constellation (grade 4, .docx, .pdf, credit: Stephanie McKinney)
  • Stars (grade 4, .docx, .pdf, credit: Stephanie McKinney)
  • Constellation Viewer (grade 6, .docx, .pdf, credit: Heather Dryden)
  • Moon Phases (grade 6, .docx, .pdf, credit: Heather Dryden)
  • Snapshot Serengeti (grades 1-4, .pptx, credit: Dea Kobbe, Stephanie McKinney, Sandy Dalles, and Shawn Green)
  • Species Biodiversity in the Serengeti (grades 4-7, .pptx, credit: Pam Frazier and Kali Nicholas)
  • What is Your Code? Robot Turtles and Coding (grades 1-4, .docx, credit: Dea Kobbe)
  • Coding: Happy Maps (grades 1-4, .docx, credit: Shawn Green)
  • Coding: Robot Turtles (grades 1-4, .pptx, credit: Stephanie McKinney)

Junior High / Middle School

  • Powers of 10 (grades 5-8, .docx, .pdf, credit: Pam Frazier)
  • Recognizing Graphs (grades 5-8, .docx, .pdf, credit: Pam Frazier)
  • Crab Crawl (.zip with multiple files, credit: Scott Mecca)
  • Galactic Pancake (.zip with multiple files, credit: Scott Mecca)
  • Discovering Exoplanets Using Photometry (grades 5-12, .pptx, credit: Scott Mecca)
  • Analyzing Sunspots (grades 6-7, .pptx, credit: Sam Kramer)
  • Detecting All Known Asteroids (Middle and HS, .pptx, credit: Jake Schell and Christy Belardo)
  • Species Biodiversity in the Serengeti (grades 4-7, .pptx, credit: Pam Frazier and Kali Nicholas)
  • Fire Beetle Ecology (Middle and HS, .docx, credit: Christy Belardo and Kali Nicholas)
  • Go Logo: NetLogo and Programming (grades 4-7, .pptx, credit: Pam Frazier

High School

  • Celestial Sphere and Rotational Geometry (HS, .docx, .pdf, credit: Joe Meyer)
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum and Spectroscopy (HS, .docx, .pdf, credit: Lisa Pingrey)
  • Finding an Function for Supernova SN1987a's Expansion (HS, .docx, .pdf, credit: Joe Meyer)
  • Inverse Square Law with Lasers (grades 10-12, .docx, .pdf, credit: Monte Else)
  • Parallax and Trigonometry (grades 10-11, .docx, .pdf, credit: Monte Else)
  • Data analysis for finding planets (HS, .pptx, credit: AJ McKittrick)
  • Asteroid Zoo (HS, .pptx, credit: Susan Robinson and Michelle Mason)
  • Discovering Exoplanets Using Photometry (grades 5-12, .pptx, credit: Scott Mecca)
  • Hypothesis Testing and Asteroids (grades 11-12, .pptx, credit: Joe Meyer)
  • How Do Astronomers Find Planets? (grades 11-12, .pptx, credit: Monte Else)
  • Detecting All Known Asteroids (Middle and HS, .pptx, credit: Jake Schell and Christy Belardo)
  • Fire Beetle Ecology (Middle and HS, .docx, credit: Christy Belardo and Kali Nicholas)
  • NetLogo: Graphing, Trig, and Coding (grades 11-12, .docx, credit: Monte Else)

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For each content area that we have discussed in LASSI, there is a sheet below that lists high, middle, and lower difficulty outcomes, and with connections to both NGSS and Common Core.

July 28 - Aug 1

Monday July 28

  1. Sidewalk Solar System Diameter/Orbit (.doc, .pdf)
  2. Distances and Parallax (.docx, .pdf)
  3. Common Core (video link)
  4. Math Manipulatives (C-Rods directions .doc, .pdf, P-Block directions .doc, .pdf, Representing Decimals .doc, .pdf)
  5. Build an Alidade/Sextant (part of Mountains on Mars lesson)
  6. Guest: Dr. Mike Borowczak (Lessons Website)

Tuesday July 29

  1. Guest: Dr. Chip Kobulnicky, Hipparcos Survey and Catalog (.doc, .pdf, Java applet, instructions to allow a Java exception in your Settings or Control Panel)
  2. Guest: Dr. Danny Dale, Astronomy Research talk (.pdf)
  3. The Crawl of the Crab (credit: NASA; Educator Guide .pdf, Background Handout .pdf, Background Presentation .ppt, Student .pdf)
  4. Orange Peel Surface Area (.pdf)

Wednesday July 30

  1. Cosmology: Billion Light Year Yardstick (.pdf)
  2. EM Spectrum Physics (.docx, .pdf)
  3. EM Spectrum Matching Game (.docx, .pdf)
  4. Intro to Optics (credit: APS; Student and Teacher Guides .pdf, Eye/Telescope .pdf)
  5. Inverse Square Law & Graphing Connections
  6. Math and Astronomy (NASA Solar Systems .pdf, Ellipses .doc, .pdf, Climbing to the Top .doc, .pdf, Graph Misconceptions .doc, .pdf)

Thursday July 31

  1. Size Scale Ranking Task (lesson .docx, .pdf, images .pdf, answers .docx, .pdf, Powers of 10 video)
  2. Mountains on Mars (via University of Cincinnati)
  3. AAAS Assessments (Make Your Own Online Test, Sample Test link, Sample Test .pdf)
  4. Making Three-Color Images with Microobservatory (credit: Coty Tatge; .pdf)
  5. Evening: Observing with telescopes

Friday Aug 1

  1. Astro Q & A (.pdf)
  2. Searching for Exoplanets (.pdf)
  3. Problems and Misconceptions (.docx, .pdf)
  4. Space Math (credit: NASA; .pdf)
  5. Lesson Planning

Aug 4 - 7

Monday Aug 4

  1. Astro Q & A (.pdf)
  2. Big Datasets and Quasars
  3. Group Discussion on Learning Activities
  4. Lesson Planning

Tuesday Aug 5

  1. Moving Molecules - The Kinetic Molecular Theory of Heat (credit: IPAC/CalTech; .docx, .pdf)
  2. Temperature and the Rate of Chemical Reactions (credit: IPAC/CalTech; .docx, .pdf)
  3. Atomic Spectra (.pdf)
  4. RBO (Red Buttes Observatory) tour
  5. Lesson Planning

Wednesday Aug 6

  1. Guest: Dr. Victoria Gillis, Science and Math Literacy Connections (Presentation .pptx, Semantic Feature Analaysis graphical organizer .doc)
  2. Lesson Plan Collaborations
  3. Vedauwoo Hike, Biology Connections, Planetary Geology (.pdf)

Thursday Aug 7

  1. Galaxy Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Presentation .pptx, Activity .doc, .pdf, freshman version .docx, .pdf)
  2. Dark Matter Mathematics (Presentation .ppt, Info Guide .pdf, Activity .pdf)
  3. Mystery Tubes (credit: Understanding Science Lessons at Berkeley, inspired by this version)
  4. Lesson Planning

Friday Aug 8

  1. Astronomy Q & A
  2. Moon Phase Oreos (credit: Science Bob)
  3. More Fun with Forms, Post-survey
  4. Lesson Plan Presentations

Oct 24 - 25

Fri Oct 24

  1. Astronomical Cameras (.pdf)
  2. Light and Spectra (NOVA Fireworks website, The Chemistry of Fireworks video, Flame Test activity website, Atomic Spectra .pptx, Chem Matters article .pdf, Math Content .docx)

Sat Oct 25

  1. Kinesthetic Astronomy (A Private Universe video and materials, Signs .pdf, Assessment .pdf, Sky Time .pdf, Math Content .docx)
  2. Sundials (Background .docx, Content Levels .docx, Directions .pdf, How-To 1 .pdf, How-To 2 .pdf)
  3. Solar Filters and Sunspots (.pdf)

Feb 27 - 28

Fri Feb 27

  1. Zooniverse Introduction (website)
  2. Statistics (.pdf)
  3. Big Data (.pdf)

Sat Feb 28

  1. Zooniverse
  2. Lesson Planning

Mar 27 - 28

Fri Mar 27

  1. Computer Science and Engineering
  2. Astronomy and Coding (.pdf)

Sat Mar 28

  1. "Information Bottles"/Foundations of Programming
  2. Astronomy, Robotics, and Net Logo
  3. Programming Resources
  4. Code Monkey Island
  5. Arduinos
  6. Make Electronics

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LASSI Participants