Kerry Boettcher 6th Grade – Zoller
Children are enchanted by the twinkling stars in their night sky. Often one of the first songs we teach them, and that they then love to sing over and over, is "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." This early connection between the music and words of this familiar old song and the actual lights above them is the beginning of understanding the vastness of our universe. These introductory conversations about the night sky should eventually lead them to beginning astronomy studies. This lesson plan is designed to introduce your student or students to a basic beginning understanding of what astronomy is and why it is an important and interesting science to study. It is appropriate for grade levels 3-8, depending upon prior knowledge and interest level of student. Lesson Plan Purpose: Introduction to Astronomy
The objective of this science lesson plan is to introduce the concepts of space, our solar system, galaxies and other celestial objects. Students will learn about the importance of space technology and space education. Students will use various space related activities to explore the basic concepts and to demonstrate their acquired knowledge. Students will use a variety of text and online resources to explore the subject matter presented throughout this lesson plan. Lesson Objectives:
Students will be able to define astronomy and solar system. They will be able to recognize and name the planets and bodies of our solar system Students will be able to define what a galaxy is and define how our solar system is part of the Milky Way Galaxy. Students will be able to identify three galaxy forms and recreate them graphically Students will use math skills to graph distances between celestial objects like moon and planets, our solar system and others, between galaxies. This skill will help them comprehend the scope...
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