Astronomy Lesson Plans & Links
• Astronomy Scavenger Hunt (pdf) - A series of "Who am I?" questions in a crossword format to explore the history of astronomy. Originally contributed by Stacy Baker
• Past and Present Scavenger Hunt (pdf) - Explore Roman and Greek myths and their relationship to astronomy with this worksheet from Stacy Baker.
• Surprise on Mars (pdf) - Worksheet created by Stacy Baker to explore Mars!
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Adopt-A-Constellation (T.(Trimpe) Tomm, Havana Junior High, Havana, IL)
This activity may be used as a stand along project or integrated with an astronomy unit. Students research a constellation using various reference materials (such as internet links, see Kids Links), create a "view" of their constellation, and complete a fact sheet. I allow at least two class periods for this project - one for research and another for constructing the viewer. The viewer makes an excellent assessment tool for tests - challenge students to identify constellations using the viewers created by their classmates.
Student Worksheet: Adopt-A-Constellation (pdf)
Other ideas ...
Excellent Resources: Constellations for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave, Ranger Rick’s Nature Scope: Astronomy Adventures - contains background info and worksheets on an assortment of astronomy topics. Internet Skywatcher’s Diary will provide you with a wealth of constellation info (listed on the astronomy pages of my Kids Zone).
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Great Gravity (T.(Trimpe) Tomm, Havana Junior High, Havana, IL)
During this activity, students explore the gravitational force of other planets and the moon. Before the lab you will need to set up several safe "jumping" areas or choose an outdoor location. I instruct my students that they may take only one step before each jump. The follow-up assignment challenges students to create questions about the lab for their classmates.
Another version of this lab is completed in the 8th grade classes taught by Lauren Range. Her students analyze super balls, tennis balls, and basketballs to determine how high they would bounce on various planets in our solar system.
Student worksheet: Gravity Exploration (pdf)
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Moon Phases (Worksheet created by T. (Trimpe) Tomm for use with the Lunar Lollipops activity)
Student worksheet: Moon Phases (pdf)
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• Eyewitness Planets Quiz - Students complete this worksheet as they watch the video.
• Astro Bingo (pdf) - Students use astronomy terms to fill in their bingo cards. Print the clues on an overhead transparency and cut apart. For more information, download the Science Bingo Teacher Tips (pdf), which includes a description of my version of bingo and a "blank" bingo card you can use for any topic.
• What's Your Sign? (pdf) - Create-A-Word challenge puzzle related to the 12 constellations of the zodiac.
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