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This lesson plan is from Discovery Education's Lesson Plan Library. The Astronomical Scales lesson site describes how scaling factors can be used to make representations of astronomical distances; how to write and solve equations that relate real distance measurements to scaled representations of the distances; and how the use of scientific notation makes calculations involving large numbers easier to manage. Also provided: links to further information on the topic, standards that the lesson applies to, and a list of vocabulary related to the lesson.
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- Astronomy Education
- Cosmic Time and Distance
- High School
- Instructional Material
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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astronomical calculations, astronomical distance, astronomy activities, scale
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Topic: Astronomy
Unit Title: Astronomy Resources for the K-8 Classroom

Full lesson plan for middle school science and math that helps students construct an understanding of the vast scale of the universe.

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Discovery School.com, (2006), WWW Document, (http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/astronomical-scales.cfm).
Discovery School.com, Astronomical Scales, (2006), <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/astronomical-scales.cfm>.
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Discovery School.com. (2006, August 24). Astronomical Scales. Retrieved November 29, 2014, from http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/astronomical-scales.cfm
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Discovery School.com. Astronomical Scales. August 24, 2006. http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/astronomical-scales.cfm (accessed 29 November 2014).
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