Visit the Spacebook website at http://questgarden.com/q/spacebook to begin your quest.
Your task is to research and learn about Universe and the Big Bang Theory. You will gather information about how the Universe formed, what the Universe is like today and how the Universe will change in the future. Your research has three parts.
Process Part I. Vocabulary The Universe has a large number of friends. Each friend plays an important role in the life of The Universe. You need to write a paragraph explanation of the term in your own words. Your explanation should be between 3-5 sentences and should be typed. The vocab terms will be homework during the next 4 weeks but you are welcome to go ahead as long as you use your textbook and binder for explanations but NOT Google.
Each student will choose two questions about space that they want to research independently. You can choose from the list below or you can submit alternate proposals to Mrs. Bartlett for approval. These questions may be answered in the form of essays, podcasts, videos, slideshows, skits or any other form of media approved by Mrs. Bartlett.
Question #1 Your Question….
Choose a topic about space that interests you.
Find 3-5 valid sources that are approved by Mrs. Bartlett
Develop a research question approved by Mrs. Bartlett
Develop 4-6 ideas about your question approved by Mrs Bartlett
Question #2 Here comes the sun.
Planet earth is often called the Goldilocks planet because it is the perfect distance from the Sun. You will research the positive and dangerous aspects of our star. Include:
Our understanding of the universe has changed significantly in the past two thousand years. You will study what different cultures and scientists learned and discovered about the sky, solar system and universe. Include:
How the Chinese and Egyptian cultures studied the skies and what they learned
How Greek astronomers changed our understanding of the skies
How Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Brahe, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, Hubble, Penzias & Wilson change our understanding of the skies.
Question #7 Whats new?
You will investigate NASAs most recent research and what new projects are coming down the line in the near future. Include:
A description of 3 current or proposed NASA projects that relate in somewhat to what we have studied in this unit
How each project relates to our studies and will expand our knowledge
The cost and timeline of these projects
Process Part III. BiG BanG Essay
Every student will write an essay about the Big Bang Theory. This is a full 2-3 page essay (complete sentences, correct spelling and proper grammar are required for credit). You can put your essay on the Spacebook Profile Page to make it look fancy. This is a template that I have already made for you that you can cut and paste!! Feel free to edit this page and creativity is worth extra credit!! We will cover all of the pieces of this essay in class though some of it will not be till the end of the unit.
BiG BanG Question.
How did Universe get here anyway? The universe is very old and every day we are gathering more evidence about how if formed! Using the Big Bang theory explain the process of how the universe formed starting from a tiny speck and progressing to a universe with galaxies, stars and planets. Include:
A description of the Big Bang Theory
Evidence for the Big Bang Theory including detailed descriptions of red shift, Hubble’s Law and cosmic background radiation