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Theory Development: Big Bang

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 60 minutes each.

Group Size:


Students will use a textbook to trace the scientific development of a theory. They will then create visuals, which represent the development of that theory.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Earth Science
Standard 1 Objective 1

Describe both the big bang theory of universe formation and the nebular theory of solar system formation and evidence supporting them.



Student Prior Knowledge:
Students need no prior knowledge. This is a good introductory activity to the Big Bang and the nature of science.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Obtain needed supplies.
  2. Find the sections in your textbook which cover the nature of science (usually the first chapter) and the sections on the development of the theory of the Big Bang and how ideas concerning the universe have changed over time.
  3. Fill in the page numbers on the student sheets.
  4. Give students the student sheet and allow them to read through the activity.
  5. Go through the examples with the students.
  6. Allow students time to complete the assignment.
  7. Have students present their posters to you.

Assessment Plan:
Use this rubric:


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Created Date :
Oct 31 2014 11:02 AM