High School Astronomy
CFPA and SFUSD Collaboration

San Francisco Unified School District Content and Performance Standards
Astronomy Standard 18.3 Using light to gather information about the stars
Astronomy Standard 18.4 Creating a scale map of the solar system to understand the scale of the Universe in relation to more familiar objects
Astronomy Standard 18.5 How long  does it take light from "nearby" stars to get to earth
Astronomy Standard 18.6 Using different Units to describe the size and organization of various stellar objects
Astronomy Standard 18.9 How is the age of the Universe measured
Energy Transformations 2.3, 2.8 Comparing and contrasting energy sources and observing energy changes
Structure of Matter, Content Standard 6 Atoms are composed of electrons, protons, and neutrons. The same type of atom may have different masses; these are called isotopes.
Exemplar  Students will be able to use chemistry and physics to investigate stellar evolution.


Estimated Time Requirements

Student Prerequisites


Scales and Distances
Students will learn the basic units and tools of astronomy as well as gain a concept of the scale of the Universe.
Students will become familiar with light years, AU, parsecs and how astronomers measure distance with light.

Stellar Evolution
This Unit was developed as a "jigsaw" activity to guide students in developing a theory of where the elements come from. Groups of students will be given "cue cards" with information about how stars evolve and how matter is formed. From there, they are to search the web and other resources for more information to back up their theory.