This document will provide three possible themes in which the curriculum for the Earth and Space Science strands – The Study of the Universe in the academic course and Space Exploration in the applied course – may be taught. Of the three pathways that have been developed, one is designed with the intent of being for an academic class, one is designed with the intent of being for an applied class, and one is designed to be used in either an academic or applied class (with teacher modification); see Table 1: ‘LENSES.’ The order in
which they are taught is merely a suggestion and can be modified to suit individual needs. The material is flexible enough so that the lessons could be ordered and taught in a more conventional way: Earth -> Universe.
Each of these pathways is a pedagogical structure including: the lens, the mental hook, some misconceptions in Astronomy, the content (presented in lesson format), the big ideas and the culminating activity.