Two Small Pieces of Glass

Two Small Pieces of Glass
While attending a star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and continues to expand our understanding of the universe. In conversation with an astronomer, they learn about the history of the telescope and the discoveries this wonderful tool has made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. A live, presenter-led tour of the seasonal night sky precedes this automated program.
Grade Level: 3-12

State Standards, Benchmarks, and GLEs

Grade 3
Recognize that a variety of tools can be used to examine objects at different degrees of magnification (e.g., hand lens, microscope) (SI-E-B3)

Explain and give examples of how scientific discoveries have affected society (SI-EB6)

Grade 4
Recognize that a variety of tools can be used to examine objects at different degrees of magnification (e.g., hand lens, microscope) (SI-E-B3)

Explain how technology has improved our knowledge of the universe (e.g., Hubble telescope, space stations, lunar exploration) (ESS-E-B6)

Diagram the movement of the Moon around Earth and the movement of Earth around the Sun (ESS-E-B2)

Grade 5
Distinguish between observations and inferences (SI-M-A7)

Recognize that investigations generally begin with a review of the work of others (SIM-B2)

Explain how technology can expand the senses and contribute to the increase and/or modification of scientific knowledge (SI-M-B3)

Describe why all questions cannot be answered with present technologies (SI-M-B3)

Recognize the importance of communication among scientists about investigations in progress and the work of others (SI-M-B5)

Identify Earth’s position in the solar system (ESS-M-C5)

Identify and explain advances in technology that have enabled the exploration of space (ESS-M-C8)

Grade 6
Recognize the importance of communication among scientists about investigations in progress and the work of others (SI-M-B5)

Apply the law of reflection and law of refraction to demonstrate everyday phenomena (e.g., how light is reflected from tinted windows, how light is refracted by cameras, telescopes, eyeglasses) (PS-M-C4)

Grade 7
Distinguish between observations and inferences (SI-M-A7)

Recognize that investigations generally begin with a review of the work of others (SIM-B2)

Explain how technology can expand the senses and contribute to the increase and/or modification of scientific knowledge (SI-M-B3)

Describe why all questions cannot be answered with present technologies (SI-M-B3)

Recognize the importance of communication among scientists about investigations in progress and the work of others (SI-M-B5)

Explain how skepticism about accepted scientific explanations (i.e., hypotheses and theories) leads to new understanding (SI-M-B5)

Grade 8
Explain how technology can expand the senses and contribute to the increase and/or modification of scientific knowledge (SI-M-B3)

Recognize that investigations generally begin with a review of the work of others (SIM-B2)

Describe why all questions cannot be answered with present technologies (SI-M-B3)

Recognize the importance of communication among scientists about investigations in progress and the work of others (SI-M-B5)

Explain how skepticism about accepted scientific explanations (i.e., hypotheses and theories) leads to new understanding (SI-M-B5)

Communicate ways that information from space exploration and technological research have advanced understanding about Earth, the solar system, and the universe (ESS-M-C8)

Describe the organization of the known universe (ESS-H-D2)

Use the nebular hypothesis to explain the formation of a solar system (ESS-H-C1)

Summarize how current technology has directly affected our knowledge of the universe (ESS-H-D7)

Investigate and construct diagrams to illustrate the laws of reflection and refraction (PS-H-G1)

Use the nebular hypothesis to explain the formation of a solar system (ESS-H-C1)

Describe the organization of the known universe (ESS-H-D2)



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