Galaxies and Light Years Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of galaxies and light years. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Galaxies and Light Years 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Galaxies and Light Years Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Galaxies and Light Years 5E Lesson, students will be able to describe spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies. They will also be able to model and describe how light years are used as unit of measurement.

Distance-Learning Ready

The Galaxies and Light Years Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.

Students will sort different galaxies based on the three types: spiral/disk galaxies, elliptical galaxies, and irregular galaxies.

The Galaxies and Light Years Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.

Distance-Learning Ready

Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics.  All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

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These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the galaxies and light years unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • Can you describe the three main types of galaxies in the universe?
  • Can you model how light years measure distances in the universe?
  • MS ESS1-2 - Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system
  • TEKS Science 8.8 A - Describe components of the universe, including stars, nebulae, and galaxies, and use models such as the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram for classification
  • TEKS Science 8.8 B - Recognize that the Sun is a medium-sized star located in a spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy and that the Sun is many thousands of times closer to Earth than any other star

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