Astrophysics  Unit Detail
Total duration
16 lessons, 1 hour each
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Lesson 1.1 – Introduction to the unit and the learning environment
Learning outcomes
In this lesson students will investigate:
 Introduce the key big ideas in the Astrophysics unit.
 Get to know the WebEx environment and communication tools.
 Introduce assessment tasks for the unit available on Google sites.
 General welcome and introduction to the NVSES learning environment and the existence of a multiple dimensional universe.
Big ideas
 General welcome and introduction to the NVSES learning environment and the existence of a multiple dimensional universe.
Learning Sequence
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Teachers welcome students and introduce themselves. Ensure that student cameras and microphones are operational. Encourage several students to introduce themselves to each other.

Investigate  Introduce features of WebEx – how to raise a hand, ask a question, display emoticons using the GUI.

Reflection  Encourage students who have already done an NVSES subject to give some feedback to those new to the course.

Discussion  Highlight some of the key big ideas in the astrophysics unit as a whole, including an overview of the topics in the unit. Reference should be made to the structure of the unit with the two video meetings, the extension material and the home learning tasks per week.
Home Learning

Students explore and become familiar with the location of resources available on the NVSES unit website.

Introduction to lesson Activity (2.1.1)  Students use a basketball and a tennis ball to represent the Earth and Moon respectively. Using these materials, they estimate how far away the Moon should be from the Earth to be to scale, take a photograph (Students can upload a selfie” be in it too!) and post it to the shared Padlet page. Resources
Movie: Using Padlet (3:46mins)