Sixth graders are introduced to the most important astronomy concepts. As a class, they discuss how the rest of the solar system affects Earth. In groups, they examine the challenges astronauts face and develop a solution for one of them.
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The Fibre Optic Cable Class
Many people know that fiber optics are used in delivering the Internet, but are surprised to learn they are also used in astronomy. Scholars explore light, reflection, and fiber optics through hands-on activities. They discuss methods of...
5th - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Round and Round We Go — Exploring Orbits in the Solar System
Math and science come together in this cross-curricular astronomy lesson plan on planetary motion. Starting off with a hands-on activity that engages the class in exploring the geometry of circles and ellipses, this lesson plan then...
5th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
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...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable