Introduction to Astronomy
Maine Learning Result Matrix

Click on the letter/number of each indicator to view the performance expectations, research findings and instruction implications.

Quarter 1 Targets

Quarter 2 Targets

Quarter 3 Targets

Quarter 4 Targets

Standard &
Performance Indicator
Activity Assessment
A3: Analyze the basic characteristics of living things, including their need for food, water, and gases and the ability to reproduce. Extreme Life Trading Card Game
Exploration of a New Planetary System
WebQuest: X-Treme Files
D6: Analyze a theory scientists use to explain the origin of life. The Ecospheres of Stars
Exploration of a New Planetary System
WebQuest: X-Treme Files
E1: Trace the development of models of the atom to the present and describe how each model reflects the scientific understanding of their time. Spectral Lines and the Bohr Atom
The Standard Model
Psyching Out the System
The Rules of the Game
Cosmology Test
E2: Analyze how matter is affected by changes in temperature, pressure, and volume. The Flow Chart of Stellar Evolution
Heating Up
Spectral Sequence and the HR Diagram
The HR Diagram
E7: Describe nuclear reactions, including fusion, fission, and decay, their occurrences in nature, and how they can be used by humans. Particle Soup: Nucleosynthesis
The Flow Chart of Stellar Evolution
Cosmology Test
G1: Describe how scientists gather data about the universe. Measuring Angles in the Sky
Pinhole Protractor
Cross Staff Projects
Quadrant Projects
Finding Your Latitude
Galilean & Keplerian Telescopes
Inv. 6: A Simple Refracting Telescope
Telescopes Tutorial
Spectroscopy and Types of Spectra
Identifying Lines in the Solar Spectrum
Supernova Chemistry
The Flame Test
Hubble Law Lab, the Short Version
Astronomical Tools Practicum
Investigation 5: The Astrolabe
The Milky Way: Past and Present
G2: Research current explanations for phenomena such as black holes and quasars. Life Cycle of Stars
The Flow Chart of Stellar Evolution
Black Holes: The Ultimate Abyss
No Escape
The Light Cone
The Life of a Star
Cosmology Test
Black Holes
G3: Explain how astronomers measure interstellar distances. The Inverse Square Law
More Inverse Square Law
Alien Eyes
Determing Distances: Parallax
Parallax Java Applet
Magnitudes and Parallax Review
The Cepheid Yardstick
H1: Analyze the evidence that leads scientists to conclude that light behaves somewhat like a wave and somewhat like a particle. Wave Theory of Light
The Photoelectric Effect
H2: Examine and describe how light is reflected and refracted (deflected) by mirrors and lenses. Optics
(All activities listed on this page)
Hall of Light and Mirrors
H3: Explain or demonstrate how sound waves travel. The Doppler Effect
Cosmology Test
H4: Analyze the relationship between the kinetic and potential energy of a falling object. Impact Craters TBA
H6: Describe the relationship between matter and energy and how matter releases energy through the processes of nuclear fission and fusion. Life Cycle of Stars
The Flow Chart of Stellar Evolution
I2: Explain some current theories of gravitational force. Detect the Jupiter-like Planet Around These Stars
Surface Gravity and Weight
Newton's Law's of Gravity
From Apples to Orbits
The Light Cone
I3: Use Newton's Laws to qualitatively and quantitatively describe the motion of objects. Alka Rockets
Newton's 2nd Law Virtual Lab
I6: Describe how forces within and between atoms affect their behavior and the properties of matter. The Standard Model
Cosmology Test