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Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 12
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 8
Podcasts: 1
Web Resources: 3
1.) Describe sources of energy, including solar, gravitational, geothermal, and nuclear.

Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 10
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 7
Podcasts: 1
Web Resources: 2
2.) Describe effects on weather of energy transfer within and among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere.

•  Describing the energy transfer related to condensation in clouds, precipitation, winds, and ocean currents
•  Describing characteristics of the El Niño and La Niña phenomena
•  Using data to analyze global weather patterns
Examples: temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction

Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 8
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 8
Podcasts: 0
Web Resources: 0
3.) Explain how weather patterns affect climate.

•  Explaining characteristics of various weather systems, including high and low pressure areas or fronts
•  Interpreting weather maps and symbols to predict changing weather conditions
•  Identifying technologies used to obtain meteorological data
Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 7
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 2
Podcasts: 0
Web Resources: 5
4.) Describe the production and transfer of stellar energies.

•  Describing the relationship between life cycles and nuclear reactions of stars
•  Describing how the reception of solar radiation is affected by atmospheric and lithospheric conditions
Example: volcanic eruptions and greenhouse gases affecting reflection and absorption of solar radiation

Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 16
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 4
Podcasts: 6
Web Resources: 6
5.) Discuss various theories for the origin, formation, and changing nature of the universe and our solar system.

•  Explaining the nebular hypothesis for formation of planets, the big bang theory, and the steady state theory
•  Relating Hubble's law to the concept of an ever-expanding universe
•  Describing the impact of meteor, asteroid, and comet bombardment on planetary and lunar development
Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 6
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 5
Podcasts: 0
Web Resources: 1
6.) Explain the length of a day and of a year in terms of the motion of Earth.

•  Explaining the relationship of the seasons to the tilt of Earth's axis and its revolution about the sun
Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 17
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 11
Podcasts: 2
Web Resources: 4
7.) Explain techniques for determining the age and composition of Earth and the universe.

•  Using radiometric age methods to compute the age of Earth
•  Using expanding universe measurements to determine the age of the universe
•  Identifying techniques for evaluating the composition of objects in space
Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 3
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 1
Podcasts: 0
Web Resources: 2
8.) Explain the terms astronomical unit and light year.

Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 2
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 1
Podcasts: 0
Web Resources: 1
9.) Relate the life cycle of stars to the H-R diagram.

•  Explaining indicators of motion by the stars and sun in terms of the Doppler effect and red and blue shifts
•  Describing the relationship of star color, brightness, and evolution to the balance between gravitational collapse and nuclear fusion
Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 6
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 3
Podcasts: 0
Web Resources: 3
10.) Identify scientists and their findings relative to Earth and space, including Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein.

•  Identifying classical instruments used to extend the senses and increase knowledge of the universe, including optical telescopes, radio telescopes, spectroscopes, and cameras
Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 4
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 2
Podcasts: 0
Web Resources: 2
11.) Describe pulsars, quasars, black holes, and galaxies.

Science (2005)
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Earth and Space Elective
All Resources: 24
Learning Assets: 0
Lesson Plans: 5
Podcasts: 14
Web Resources: 5
12.) Describe challenges and required technologies for space exploration.

•  Identifying long-term human space travel needs, including life support
•  Identifying applications of propulsion technologies for space travel
•  Identifying new instrumentation and communication technologies needed for space information gathering
Examples: Mars Exploration Rover, Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe, Gravity Probe B

•  Identifying benefits to the quality of life that have been achieved through space advances
Examples: cellular telephone, GPS

•  Identifying new technology used to gather information, including spacecraft, observatories, space-based telescopes, and probes
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