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 signed 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 pace 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 rapidly 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 and immense size of the universe. Students will understand the concept of the universe and how galaxies fit together in that concept. Students will recognize constellations and be able to identify from sight familiar constellations in Earth’s night sky. Defining Astronomy At Astronomy for Kids Online, students can explore the basic definitions of what astronomy is.
Astronomy is commonly defined as the scientific study of the universe and celestial bodies especially their positions and movements as viewed through various astronomical instruments such as the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes of all sizes and magnification. Vocabulary for Activity 1 :Solar system, galaxies, Suns / stars, comets, and constellations. Have students look at photos of each of these objects. From the book that you choose or the online sites you visit, have your student write out the definitions for the Vocabulary Words and make sure they understand and can identify each of the items.