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Debate the End of the Universe

Subject:Science, Language Arts
Grade:9-12

Brief Description
Students explore two theories about what will cause the end of the universe and stage a debate about which theory may be correct.

Objectives

Students explore the history and possible future of the universe.

Keywords

galaxy, universe, entropy, Big Crunch, debate

Materials Needed

Journey Through the Galaxy
The Universal Timeline

Lesson Plan

  • Have students explore Journey Through the Galaxy, especially the section about the Future of the Galaxy.
  • Discuss the two possibilities presented for the end of the universe.
  • Organize students into two groups. Ask one group to research the theory of entropy. Have the other group research the Big Crunch theory.
  • Help students stage a debate about the two theories.

Assessment

Evaluate students on the accuracy of the information and the logic of the conclusions presented during the debate.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

Language Arts:
NL-ENG.K-12.8

Science:
NS.9-12.4

12/18/2000