Beyond Black Holes

Beyond Black Holes lesson plan

What’s at the center of a galaxy? A black hole! Look WAY beyond a black hole by creating a vivid galaxy and observation tube with Crayola Twistables.

  • 1.

    Explore the universe, including the Milky Way and other galaxies. Have students find out more about black holes and other interesting phenomena in space. Experiment with how gravity bends and focuses light with a magnifying glass.

  • 2.

    Create a galaxy. Cut out a large galaxy on posterboard with Crayola® Scissors. Draw and color six or seven concentric rings on both sides of your galaxy with Crayola Twistables. Press firmly and the colors will be brighter. Glue black yarn around each ring, separating the colors. Use a cotton swab and Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue.

  • 3.

    Draw and color stars on white construction paper. Cut them out and glue them on both sides of the galaxy.

  • 4.

    Design an observation tube. Glue black construction paper to cover a recycled cardboard tube. Cut a strip of white paper with scissors. Color it and glue it around the tube.

  • 5.

    Slightly flatten the tube. In the center of the galaxy, trace around one end of the tube. Cut out the opening with scissors. Insert the tube through the hole. Punch a hole at the top of the galaxy. Tie yarn through the hole to form a hanger.

  • 6.

    Present an oral report to the class using the galaxy to talk about black holes and beyond.

Standards

  • LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Select and use subject mater, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

Adaptations

  • Students investigate the Einstein Cross black hole and Albert Einstein's contribution to astronomy. Students organize their research into an electronic presentation for classmate viewing.
  • In small groups, students research a space topic such as supernovas, nebulas, stars, comets, etc. Students organize their research into a well-organized summary and include a drawing to accompany their writing. Display writing on a classroom bulletin board.
  • Arrange a field trip to a local planetarium. Prior to the trip, students prepare questions for the tour guides at the planetarium. After the trip, students post to a class blog about their experience.