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Space Science: Myths and Misconceptions. Dale Subaitis Henry Frazzini Jen Lewin. Target Audience. Middle School Teachers: Gen ed, Science, Math, Special Ed, etc. District and State Level -ISTA: Illinois Science Teachers Assoc. -Chicago Public Schools -District 194 (suburbs)

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space science myths and misconceptions

Space Science: Myths and Misconceptions

Dale Subaitis

Henry Frazzini

Jen Lewin

target audience
Target Audience
  • Middle School Teachers: Gen ed, Science, Math, Special Ed, etc.
  • District and State Level

-ISTA: Illinois Science Teachers Assoc.

-Chicago Public Schools

-District 194 (suburbs)

  • 50-60 minutes
goals and objectives
Goals and Objectives
  • Addressing common myths and misconceptions with space science
  • Earth and the Solar System
  • Solar weather, Earth’s seasons
  • Why space science is lacking in depth and breadth
teacher invitation
Teacher Invitation
  • Are you smarter than a middle schooler?

-Scripted mock game show

-Teacher as a contestant using “copy”, “peek”, “phone a colleague”

  • Ice breaker activity to make the audience more comfortable
  • Models best practice: students as experts, collaboration amongst colleagues
seasons sss unit 2
Seasons: SSS Unit 2
  • How does the Earth move around the sun?
  • How does the Earth’s movement cause the seasons (tilt vs. distance)?
  • Intensity of light from the Sun (angle of incidence)
  • Opposite seasons for Northern and Southern hemisphere (geographic bias)
supporting key concepts
Supporting Key Concepts
  • Earth travels around the Sun in a nearly circular orbit (2.2)
  • Earth’s tilt does not significantly change its distance from the sun (2.2)
  • Patterns of average temperature change (and seasons) are opposite for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres (2.2)
supporting key concepts7
Supporting Key Concepts
  • At the beginning of the summer, sunlight falls at a steep angle and shines most intensely on Earth’s surface (2.5)
  • At the beginning of winter, sunlight falls at a shallow and shines with less intensity on the Earth’s surface (2.5)
solar wind
Solar Wind
  • Solar wind is constant, with occasional bursts
  • Modeling Solar wind with milk or water on laminated Heliosphere card
  • If you’re at the equator, what is the weather like? What affect does the Solar Wind have on your weather?
  • Does not affect seasons on Earth (does not act like wind on Earth)
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Supporting Key Concepts
  • The Solar wind is a constant stream of charged particles that the sun puts out (1.3)
  • Solar flares release large amounts of electromagnetic energies and solar particles into space (1.4)
keeping an open mind
Keeping an Open Mind
  • Awareness of cultural/religious influence
  • Encourage open sharing of ideas, support individual thinking!
  • Anyone seen the movie 2012??
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