Reading (ELD III or higher), mathematics (conversions), basic compter facility, ability to chart data
Students will be able to figure distances between celestial objects in known units of measure (very large numbers) to facilitate the use of the term light year.
Review math conversions, discuss scientific notation, provide calculators.
Text of Learning Exercise:
1. Students as groups at their tables will look at a map of Fresno and determine distances between school and several known locations. What is the best unit of measure (feet, miles, kilometers)? 2. Next, determine the distance between Fresno and places in the state. 3. Now, determine the distance between Fresno and places in the country. 4. List findings on board. 5. The determination of distance next jumps off the planet and must be measured betweena the Earth and the Moon, other planets and nearest star. Convert from kilometers to light years.