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Visualizing the Invisible
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Students will study black holes through visual representations available on the Web. After viewing many animations and simulations of black holes, students will investigate several means for creating their own visualizations. Ultimately, students will create animated GIFs from their own illustrations.

How the Internet is used in this lesson:
  • Students follow bookmarked links to view animations.
  • Students learn how to create animated GIFs.
  • Students use the Internet for research.

    Grade Level:

    5-8

    Subject Matter:

    Science, Language Arts



    Learning Objectives

    Students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of black holes and the story of their discovery.

  • Understand the use of visualization in cosmology.

  • Apply creative and individual visualizations to illustrate black holes.

    This lesson was developed by Master Teacher Al Doyle, and was funded by the Louis Calder Foundation.