What Is the Milky Way?

The Milky Way is the focus of an engaging video that details the galaxy in which we live, equipped with an energetic host, a cartoon sidekick, and eye-catching graphics.   

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Invite learners to make observations of the night sky over the course of several days, ask them write or draw what they see 
  • While watching the video, direct pupils to take notes, jot down questions, and hold a grand conversation about they learned
  • Create a bog post asking class members to reflect on the video they watched, encourage them to respond to at least one peer's response
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource is the 14th in a series of 18 videos that examine outer space 
  • An ad pops up at the start of the video 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Encourages pupils to step outside and look up to discover what they find in the sky 
  • Easily lends itself to a flipped classroom teaching model
  • The host speaks quickly—be prepared to pause and replay the video or enable closed captioning