A Traveler's Guide to the Universeby: Gerald Darling

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Summer enrichment activities about space keep students' minds engaged wherever they travel.

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  • on Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:45 PM

This article describes several enrichment activities that encourage families to explore the night sky together. Using simple tools like sketch pads and binoculars, families embark on a series of activities that guides them through an exploration of the moon, planets in our solar system, and the milky way. This is a great way to get parents and students involved in space science and will surly be an engaging activity for families.

Maureen Stover  (Fayetteville, NC)
Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC)

  • on Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:52 PM

With just a pair of binoculars, students can continue learning about astronomy during the summer months. This article provides teachers with activities that will guide 4th and 5th grade stargazers as they discover the night sky’s treasures during their summer break. The author holds a special meeting before the end of the school year with interested students. He stresses safety precautions students need to follow when observing the night sky with binoculars. The article provides four separate activities: observing the moon, the planets, the stars, and the Milky Way galaxy. This teacher has found that his students return in the fall with a greater appreciation for the cosmos and with new questions about astronomy. Their inquisitive minds want to know more about such topics as what is the best telescope to purchase and how to go about colonizing the moon.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

  • on Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:45 PM

Looking up at the night sky and making meaning of what we see is a wonderful way to get parents involved in science. Mr. Darling gives simple examples of what to look at and suggestions for hoe to get students started. There is a short but quality list of references and links as well.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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