Astronomy Teacher Resources
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Students read books, view websites, and discuss pictures of the solar system and planets. In this astronomy lesson plan, students recreate galaxies on graph paper.
Young scholars construct a simple radio telescope. In this astronomy lesson, students explain how this telescope works and what information it collects.
Eighth graders are asked to complete two Science vocabulary puzzles that deal with introductory Astronomy lessons. They complete a treasure Hunt assignment will take students to some of the better web resources which contain information about astronomy. They then will be introduced to Astronomy concepts and lectures which will enhance their vocabulary.
Students determine measurements and distances using trigonometric ratios. In this astronomy lesson students demonstrate the difference between a positive and negative slope using the Pythagorean Theorem.
In this astronomy as a career activity, 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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
High schoolers 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.
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. They identify their equators and north poles as reference points and note what comes into view in different positions as they turn. You will certainly want to check out the other lessons that make use of the kinesthetic astronomy setup put out by the same publisher.
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.
Students examine a medieval manuscript on astronomy and create their own books based on modern discoveries in astronomy. They choose a subject of modern astronomy that they would like to write and create an illuminated image about.
In this astronomy activity, learners read a detailed text about our solar system. Students then answer 15 questions about the information presented.
Students explore the internet world of Second Life and discover different coordinates in space and explore astronomy. In this astronomy lesson plan, students create a report of their astronomy location.
Students examine the basic facts of astronomy and its history. For this astronomy lesson students study the different models of the universe and their proponents. Students participate in a scavenger hunt.
Students examine and explain how the distance to nearby stars can be measured by the parallax method, discuss the role of women in the history of American astronomy, form their own opinions of the importance of Harlow Shapley and Edwin Hubble in the history of astronomy, and examine and explain the Doppler shift and especially the significance of the red-shift.
In this astronomy of the movie "Armageddon" activity, students fill in a chart by reading a statement about good science, writing a one sentence summary, and explaining the "Hollywood Science" from the movie.
Students compare the planets of our solar system. In this astronomy instructional activity, students use the game SecondLife to compare the differences in size between the planets and other objects in our solar system. The instructional activity presents questions to guide students thinking.
Students work in groups to present a segment of a timeline of events and discoveries in astronomy. In this astronomy lesson plan, students teach their classmates about their section of the timeline.
In this science worksheet, students write a word starting with each letter of the alphabet that is related to astronomy or space. Students also write what each word means.
In this astronomy, universe, and galaxy learning exercise, students match words about the astronomy, universe, and galaxy with their definitions. Students complete 12 matches.