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Classroom Activities on Astronomy

 

These classroom astronomy activities, which I either created or re-formulated, are appropriate for a range of grades. People have used them in middle-school classrooms, high school elective programs, and college Astronomy 101 labs. Feel free to adapt them to the level of your audience.  (If you make copies, we do ask the you leave the information about who wrote and published them intact.) Included are activities about future tourism and where tourists might want to go, debunking astrology, rethinking the constellations, how high up space begins, and more.

 

Where Will Bill Gates’ Great Great Grand-Daughter Go For Her Honeymoon: The Cosmic Tourist Sights Activity
1) Solar System version:
http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2009007

2) Hubble Space Telescope images version:
http://topstars.strategies.org/showcase.php?entryID=230&action=detail

 

Family Heroes: Should Uncle Fred be in the Sky? [re-thinking constellation stories, for families]:
http://www-tc.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/pdfs/family_heros.pdf

 

Finding Your Way to Mars, Pennsylvania: An Astronomy and Geography Activity:
http://www.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/pdfs/geography_astronomy_activity.pdf

 

How High Up is Space (thinking about where space begins and modeling the scale):
http://www.astrosociety.org/edu/activities/I11_How_High_Space.pdf

 

A Flag for Your Planet (design a flag appropriate for each planet):
http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/66/flag3.html

 

Picture an Astronomer Activity (good first activity with younger classes or groups):
http://www.astrosociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/M6_Picturing_Astronomer.pdf

 

Did We Actually Land on the Moon? (Activity and Symposium):
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268895007_Did_We_Actually_Land_on_the_Moon_An_Activity_and_Symposium

 

Sky Heroes: Reinventing the Constellations (for classrooms):
http://www-tc.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/pdfs/Sky_Heroes.pdf

 

Starry Lives, Starry Skies: Observing Different Stages in Stellar Evolution:
http://www-tc.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/pdfs/starry_lives_starry_skies.pdf

 

Surfing the Solar System Web-based Quiz Game:
www.astrosociety.org/education/surf.html

 

Testing Astrology Activities:
http://www.astrosociety.org/edu/astro/act3/astrologyprint.html

 

The family-oriented games we created for the Family ASTRO project are available from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific at:
https://myasp.astrosociety.org/products/familyastro

 

A Guide to Eclipse Outreach Activities for Libraries and Other Informal Education Organizations (booklet with suggested activities, also with information about the 2017 eclipse):
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315731030_The_All-American_Eclipse_A_Guide_for_Public_Libraries_and_Their_Communities

 

Many of my activities are collected in The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0, a DVD-ROM from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific:
https://www.astrosociety.org/education/the-universe-at-your-fingertips-2-0/

Classroom Activities on Astronomy - Andrew Fraknoi - Astronomy Lectures - Astronomy Education Resources