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Project Overview. Apollo Missions to the Moon. This lesson is designed to engage students to inquire and discover the principles of Kepler's First Law of Planetary Motion. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Apollo Missions to the Moon

Apollo Missionsto the MoonMr. Steve HeckMilford Junior High School8th Grade Earth ScienceThis lesson is designed to engage students to inquire and discover the principles of Kepler's First Law of Planetary Motion.

At the completion of the lesson, students will present their visual concept of what Kepler's First Law is and how it describes the orbits of all the planets (especially Earth) in an elliptical orbit and not circular orbits around the Sun

Project Overview

Keplers First LAW of Planetary Motion Planets move in ellipses with the Sun at one focus.

The Visual Concept must include but is not limited to:(1) Title(2) KEY components of Kepler's Law(3) An example of an Elliptical orbit(4) Calculations on how the orbit was made(5) Some form of animation(6) ReferenceResearch KeplerFirst to explain planetary motion in modern terms (universal, verifiable, and precise).

Helped start what is known as the Scientific Revolution

Explained that Planets follow an elliptical pattern

Tied both science and math together to define Laws of Nature

Became the basis of Newtons Laws


Could be either:Video

Actual drawing.

AssessmentsDefine the following terms:Circle: a closed plane curve consisting of all points at a given distance from a point within it called the centerEllipse: a figure drawn around two points called the foci such that the distance from one focus to any point on the figure back to the other focus equals a constantLabel the following diagram: A: Focus or Foci B: Semimajor AxisC: Semiminor Axis Calculations: Eccentricity of an EllipseEccentricity = distance between foci length of major axis

CATEGORY432TitleStudent(s) title presents the overall topic and draws the classes attention using visual mediaTitle is clear and concise. Relates to the overall topicTitle relates to the topic but does not create a sense of where the topic is headed. Details incomplete.ContentCovers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors.Graphics and AnimationStudent(s) animation enhances the overall understanding of the topic. Dynamic images are used to enhance the topicAnimation depicted the topic and assisted in the presentation. Animation was appropriate for the topicAnimation was related but did not enhance the overall visual concept.Works Cited &Lesson Learnedhttp://kepler.nasa.gov/Mission/JohannesKepler/#anchor784359



Historical:Video:Animation:Lessons Learned:Science teaching Eclipses Math Department not till 9th grade.Students involved in lesson plan stake holders (IMPROVEMENT)Multiple ways for students to succeed Project and AssessmentConcept used by other Science and Math teachers



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