Tour of the Night Sky
© Ryan Wick
Have you ever wondered if that shiny star in the sky is actually a planet? On Dec. 19th & 20th students around the world had a lively conversation with an astronomy educator from the Morrison Planetarium. We discovered what's special about the planets we observe in the winter night sky.
This 45-minute program, 3rd- 6th graders glimpsed at what can be observed in the night sky. While navigating the night sky for December 19th and 20th, 2019, an Academy astronomy educator pointed out constellations, asterisms, and even planets visible that night. Additionally, students briefly explored a dwarf planet and Uranus via a vote to visit a planet or dwarf planet in our Solar System.
Pre-program activity: While strongly recommended is not required to participate!
- Use the Sorting the Solar System lesson to have students become more familiar with some of the types of objects found in our Solar System.
"Learning about the solar system is part of the science standards for 5th grade. This program helped me to address 5th grade content in an interesting and engaging way. The scientist-presenter had demeanor that was great for talking to this particular grade level. We have never participated in a Distance Learning program before, so we were not sure what to expect. We would definitely try it again!"
-5th Grade, Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary, San Francisco CA
"After the program, my students shared how much they enjoyed the presentation. Many of them mentioned they would have liked more Q&A time with Bing. Some students mentioned that some of the information and explanations could have been put into more "kid" or "student language." They also really liked that they could see other students participating at the same time."
-5th Grade, Larchmont Charter School, Los Angeles CA