Overview: Spiral galaxy comparison

Overview
of "Graphic Organizer: Comparison of the Warped Galaxy and the Whirlpool Galaxy"
Description:
Graphic Organizer: Comparison of the Warped Galaxy and the Whirlpool Galaxy shows the similarities and differences between edge-on and face-on views of spiral galaxies. The information is presented in the form of a Venn diagram and is based on "A Galaxy on the Edge" and the "Center of Galaxy M51" lithographs.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly web page; PDFs for teacher (full chart) and student (blank organizer with images)
Grades: Adaptable, at teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Graphic Organizer: Comparison of the Warped Galaxy and the Whirlpool Galaxy as:

A reference tool. Clarify the similarities and differences between these two views of spiral galaxies.

A model. Show students how to use this type of graphic organizer. Explain how to analyze the contents and display summary information.

An organization tool. This type of graphic organizer can be used to formulate and arrange students' thoughts before composing essays about almost any topic. In this case, ask students to compose an essay that identifies similarities and differences between the edge-on view of the Warped Galaxy and the face-on view of the Whirlpool Galaxy.

Related materials

Press release: "Hubble Photographs Warped Galaxy as Camera Passes Milestone"
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/2001/23/

Amazing Space resources by topic: Galaxies



Overview: Spiral galaxy comparison