Guest Editorial: The universe: It’s yours to discover—and to shareby: Denise Smith

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In 1609, Galileo turned his telescope to the sky and began a series of observations that would forever change our view of our place in the universe. This year, each and every one of us has an opportunity to follow in Galileo’s footsteps by taking advantage of one of the many opportunities that the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) provides to discover the universe for ourselves, and by sharing the wonders of the universe with our students, colleagues, neighbors, friends, and families. Therefore, chart your course to the universe by using the ideas and resources highlighted in this article.

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  • on Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:50 PM

While written for the middle school, this article provides wonderful background on Galileo and the influence of the telescope and the role it “Played in making the universe and Science itself – accessible to scientists and the public alike.” Within the article are a number of website resources that may be used within the classroom. While many of the activities and information contained in the sites would require modification for use in the elementary level, many are easily modified for the intermediate level students.

Sandra Gady  (Renton, WA)
Sandra Gady (Renton, WA)

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