Astronomy Teacher Resources
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Kinesthetic Astronomy: Earth's Rotation
After completing the activity, "Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year," zoom in on Earth's rotation using the same simulation setup and this outline. Each class member dons a map of the Western Hemisphere and plays the part of Earth as it rotates on its axis.
3rd - 8th Science 79 Views 59 Downloads
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Longer Days, Shorter Nights
A lamp, four globes, and some signs taped around the room are all you need to set up a solar system simulation for teaching how Earth's tilted axis creates the seasons. (Sticky dots are also needed, but not mentioned in the materials list.) Use this enlightening activity to meet fifth grade Next Generation Science Standards in conjunction with other terrific kinesthetic astronomy lessons by the same publisher.
3rd - 12th Science 72 Views 58 Downloads
Exploring the Sky: Reading Maria's Comet
Discover the science behind astronomy. In this space science lesson, students read the book Maria's Comet, which is about a young woman who breaks new ground by becoming a female astronomer. They practice reading comprehension by answering worksheet questions about the book.
K - 4th Math 15 Views 92 Downloads
An Introduction to the Night Sky and Movement Astronomy
Basically, this is an interactive exploration of educational astronomy software and an app. Young astronomers discover how the apparent motion of the sky relates to Earth's movements and the position of the observer. It is out of this world!
9th - 12th Science 27 Views 44 Downloads
Mask of the Black God
Finally, an astronomy lesson for the high schooler! Explorers are able to read star maps for finding objects in the night sky by determining celestial coordinates. In particular, they locate the Pleiades and read about a Navajo legend that is centered on this cluster of stars.
9th - 12th Science 6 Views 9 Downloads
Moon Watch: The Tides of War
What role did astronomy play in the liberation of France during World War II? Bring literacy and history into science with a cross-curricular activity that examines the importance of weather stations and moon phases in the invasion of Normandy.
6th - 8th Science 54 Views 73 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Astronomy as a Career
In this astronomy as a career worksheet, students use 2 graphs to answer 4 questions about the number of PhDs awarded, the number of PhD's awarded compared to Bachelor's degrees in astronomy and factors that might be involved in the stimulation of interest in astronomy careers since 1985.
7th - 9th Math 11 Views 78 Downloads
Mathematics at the Frontier of Astronomy
Students explore the different types of measurements used in astronomy. In this space science lesson, students explain the relationship between planets' orbits and distance from the sun using Kepler's Laws. They discuss how math aides in the study of astronomy.
6th - 8th Math 16 Views 102 Downloads
Astronomy and Me: Moons Over New Haven
Third graders study the features of different moons orbiting the planets. In this astronomy lesson, 3rd graders explore the different phases of the moon using an interactive online website. They compare and contrast the features of the Earth's moon and that of the Jupiter and Saturn.
3rd Science 14 Views 20 Downloads
East Asian Astronomy
Students connect the history they are reading with that of their cultural experience. In this astronomy lesson plan, students take the information obtained from the various readings of primary and secondary sources and classroom discussions directed by the instructor and relate it to what they know of western astronomical experiences.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 21 Downloads
New Review Galileo: Revealing the Universe
To gain an understanding of the significance of Galileo Galilei's revolutionary ideas, class members watch the short video "Stargazing Before Galileo," and conduct a close reading of Galileo's Sidereal Messsenger. They then compare Galileo's observations of the Pleiades Group and conclusions with those images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the observations made about them in the NASA news story.
6th - 8th Science 11 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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Digital compass alignment enables navigation of the skies with true orientation at any time. Just point to the sky or "aim for the stars!" This application acts as a virtual telescope, allowing you to zoom in on any object that is visible to the human eye.
6th - Higher Ed Science 7 Views 1 Download
Far-out Astronomy in a Suitcase
Ninth graders engage in a web-based research activity. They use a teacher provided worksheet to guide their research through the website. This lesson provide a excellent opportunity to showcase Canadians astronomy and space science projects.
9th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 18 Downloads
Astronomy Unit: For Autistic Learners
In need of a few great ways to teach an arts-enriched lesson on astronomy? This resource contains several interesting ideas that link poetry to the stars in the sky. These suggestions are very simple and could use a teachers touch, but are a great starting point.
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 45 Downloads
Astronomy - Ancient Philosophies
Combine science and social studies with this collection of notes on ancient astronomy. Ideas propagated by early scientists influenced the way people viewed life and our place in the universe. Examine the philosophies of Aristotle, Aristarchus, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, and even the Roman Catholic church.
7th - 8th Science 3 Views 16 Downloads