Glencoe Science Level Red

Unit 4: Beyond Earth

Models of telescopes


How do we know what lies beyond Earth? Have you ever wondered what another planet looks like? Telescopes can provide an up close look at features of the moon and other astronomical objects that we can’t see with an unaided eye. Some of the most sophisticated telescopes are orbiting Earth right now, taking pictures of amazing phenomena. Much of what we know about the universe is a result of the images taken by these telescopes. However, not every telescope requires such sophisticated technology. You can make your own telescope from simple materials found at your local store.


Students will research, design, and construct a simple telescope as they study how technology has allowed scientists to explore distant space.


One class period to research telescopes. The teacher will determine the time frame for constructing the telescope. If materials are a problem, you might consider constructing one telescope as a whole-class project.


The Hubble Space Telescope

Types of Telescopes

Make a Simple Telescope

Simple Telescopes You Can Make in Your Kitchen

How to Build a Telescope at Home

The student’s telescope clearly demonstrates the science concepts and functions properly. Extra features are included to enhance the design and overall look of the telescope. 
The student’s telescope demonstrates that the student understands the science concepts. The constructed telescope is sturdy and or artistic and technical quality. 
The student’s telescope does not function properly. It is unclear whether or not the student understands the science concepts. The telescope is unsafe, not neat, or not presentable. 
The telescope was very poorly done or not completed at all. 
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