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This is an activity about the apparent motions of Venus as seen from Earth. Learners will make a 3-D model using themselves, a light source, and a small white ball to visually understand Venus's orbital cycle and why it can sometimes can be seen in... (View More)

This is an activity about shape. Learners will investigate that the Earth is a sphere by comparing the length of shadows from nails arranged on a flat map compared to nails arranged around a spherical globe. From the observations collected, they... (View More)

Learners will first observe a first quarter Moon and as a group, predict which phase the Moon will be in during the next observation. They then continue to chart the progress of the lunar cycle of phases throughout the following weeks to better... (View More)

This is an activity about the expansion of the Universe. Learners will use a special set of transparency and master sheets with dots representing clusters of galaxies at two different eras of the Universe's history. After aligning the transparency... (View More)

This is an activity about observing. Learners will look for particular stars, their colors and brightnesses, as well as important constellations in the nighttime sky. They also will compare the relative brightness of the sky near towns to gauge the... (View More)

This is an activity about observing. Learners will look for particular stars, their colors and brightnesses, as well as important constellations in the nighttime sky. They also will compare the relative brightness of the sky near towns to gauge the... (View More)

This is an activity about telling time. Learners will construct a northern-hemisphere star clock and will set their star clocks based on the position of the Big Dipper in the sky. Then, they will use their star clocks to predict where the Big Dipper... (View More)

This is an activity about science and pseudo-science. Learners will examine the validity of astrology by charting birth dates of U.S. presidents and by comparing horoscopes in different newspapers. After, students will attempt to identify their own... (View More)

This is an activity about cultural references to astronomy. Learners will create a list of products that have been named after astronomical objects, which the class discusses. As a homework project, they can search local stores or media for... (View More)

This is an activity about the Doppler effect. Learners will use long springs or ropes to examine the frequency and wavelength of various waves. Then, they will observe a demonstration of the Doppler effect for sound waves, using this understanding... (View More)