Grade 9 Unit Plan - Unit E: Space Exploration (Content (Objects in Space…
Grade 9 Unit Plan - Unit E: Space Exploration
Purpose of Unit
- Learning about space and the parts unknown in the universe naturally must be elicited by curiosity and wonder, especially when considering the impressionable nature of students at grade 9 level.
Scientific Knowledge and Understanding
- Scientific concepts, key terms and theories are required for further application into problem solving and ways in which they are used to both understand, and explore outer space.
How have humans attained a presence in space?
Open-ended focus question allows opportunities for students to learn and appreciate early ideas and theories about the cosmos and ways in which humankind have generated greater understanding from past knowledge.
What technologies have been developed and on what scientific ideas are they based?
Technology integral to our exploration into the deeper universe rely on scientific ideas and concepts that need to be fleshed out for students to fully conceptualize and appreciate technological advances.
How has the development of these technologies contributed to the exploration, use and understanding of space and to benefits on Earth?
Awareness of Space Related Issues
Societal issues - political, ethical, environmental
General Outcomes (STSE & K)
Identify problems in developing technologies for space exploration, describe technologies developed for life in space, and explain the scientific principles involved.
Describe and interpret the science of optical and radio telescopes, space probes and remote sensing technologies.
Investigate and describe ways that human understanding of Earth and space has depended on technological development.
Identify issues and opportunities arising from the application of space technology, identify alternatives involved, and analyze implications.
Appreciate that scientific understanding evolves from the interaction of ideas involving people with different views and backgrounds
Show interest in science-related questions and issues, and confidently pursue personal interests and career possibilities within science-related fields
Links to Mathematics
Grade 8 Mathematics - Statistics and Probability (Data Analysis): Specific Outcome 1
Grade 9 Mathematics - Shape and Space (Transformations): Specific Outcome 4
Data Collection and Analysis
Grade 9 Mathematics - Statistics and Probability (Data Analysis): Specific Outcome 1
Grade 6 Mathematics - Shape and Space (Measurement): Specific Outcome 1
Nature of Course
The interest for space exploration is contextualized through a Canadian perspective and references to Canadian contributions are made through unit e.g. Canadarm, Chris Hadfield.
The unit serves as an introduction to disciplines such as astronomy and astrophysics that may be further pursued in Physics 20-30.
Not necessarily essential for continuation to Science 10.
Grade 6 Science - Topic C: Sky Science
Views of Space
Technologies to View Space
Objects in Space
Galaxies, nebulae, black holes
Technologies to Interpret Space
Technologies for Exploring Space
1st Magnetic Observatory
Canadarm 1 & 2
Communication satellites e.g. Anik 1 and Allouette 1
Astronauts e.g. Chris Hadfield, Roberta Bondar, Marc Garneau, etc.