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Talking to 4th Graders on Moon and Lunar Eclipses

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#1 Prasad

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 11:12 AM

Good morning all, 

 

I hold monthly skywatch sessions for elementary school kids at the school grounds every month, always on Fridays following New Moon. We get 50 to 150 kids each time - tough to handle but when the group is larger I bring out additional telescopes and it works out. 

 

NOW, I have been invited by the school to address 4th graders on Moon and Lunar Eclipse. Naturally I have accepted the invite but would like to know from experienced members tips on the following:

 

1. What can make the kids stay interested (long term)? 

2. Any specific facts on Moon or Eclipses? 

3. I want to limit the session to 30 minutes since longer session may make kids lose interest. 

4. I have a nice demo unit with earth at the center inside a translucent sphere. See attached photo. The sphere has stars and the milky-way marked on it. There is a tiny little yellow ball (moon?) that can be rotated around earth showing how we get to see only one face of the moon. I have no idea who made this unit or what it is called. Any tips on how to use it? glob.jpg

 

All tips are always welcome. It is all for a good cause. 

 

Thank you

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:16 PM

You're free to use some of my Astronomy Merit Badge PowerPoint slides (which I used for a Boy Scout STEM event):   https://1drv.ms/p/s!...xcV96AkJ-n7zxFj

 

It is 21.7 MB in size, and has good pictures about Eclipses (and many other things)….   smile.gif 


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:20 PM

David Fuller does a great job in his YouTube "Eyes on the Sky" videos --  https://www.youtube....kyDOTcom/videos

 

You can utilize the free YouTube Downloader HD program  https://www.youtubedownloaderhd.com/ to save an MP4 file onto your computer, for later playback in front of the kids.  I used it for my Astronomy Merit Badge classes.    grin.gif 


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:30 PM

Specifically, here are six videos by David Fuller (Eyes On The Sky) dealing with eclipses (some similar to the January 20-21, 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse coming up):

 

"Eyes on the Sky: August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse" --  https://www.youtube....h?v=f3HF1_EBXrI

 

"Naked Eyes on the Sky: Lunar Eclipse September 27, 2015" --  https://www.youtube....h?v=zimU2EYfNR0

 

"Eyes on the Sky: Lunar eclipse of Sept 27, 2015" --  https://www.youtube....h?v=aIHeBWHbAnI

 

"EOTS: The (partial) solar eclipse of Oct 23 (10/20-10/26)" --  https://www.youtube....h?v=T-C99qicJRY

 

"EOTS: Lunar eclipse, Uranus opposition AND Draconid meteors (10/6-10/12)" 2014 --  https://www.youtube....h?v=7rkGlf_UhZs

 

"How to view the Sun safely - eclipses, sunspots" --  https://www.youtube....h?v=avxnK7MGYIA


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Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:43 PM

It appears that you have a plastic "Universal Celestial Globe"  https://www.carolina...BSABEgLxfPD_BwE

 

Do you have the "Lesson Plan" that comes with it?  Maybe you can contact Carolina's "Service and Support" team; click on the icon at the top-right part of that website to see:

 

Call:  800.334.5551
Fax:  800.222.7112
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Posted 31 December 2018 - 04:44 PM

It appears that you have a plastic "Universal Celestial Globe"  https://www.carolina...BSABEgLxfPD_BwE

 

Do you have the "Lesson Plan" that comes with it?  Maybe you can contact Carolina's "Service and Support" team; click on the icon at the top-right part of that website to see:

 

Call:  800.334.5551
Fax:  800.222.7112
Email:  Customer Service Support Team
Chat:  Click to Chat!    hmm.gif

Hi DLuders

 

Thanks for every reply. All useful. I went over the power point file and I should be able to take a few slides for my class. I also looked at the carolina.com support link. They do not give any download link. Obviously the lesson plans are not free. And I can not pay since my work is totally voluntary basis. There was a contact us link and I filled in details of what I would like to get. I will wait for any reply but I am not having any high hopes. 

 

Thanks again

Prasad



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Posted 31 December 2018 - 05:11 PM

You could probably adapt the (similar) Science First lesson plan to what YOU have:   https://sciencefirst...stial-globe.pdf    wink.gif 



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Posted 31 December 2018 - 06:29 PM

Hi DLuders

 

Thank you once again. Got it though it looks too high for 4th graders. I should be able to use some ideas however. Let me see how it goes, 

 

Thanks

Prasad



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:32 AM

Well, the event took place today and went off quite well. I made use of a few slides from the suggested presentations to my own slides. Two classes were gathered making a fairly large group. The talk lasted some 30 - 40 minutes with hundreds of questions from the kids during and after the talk. Most questions were really smart. I am impressed by our kids. 

 

My thanks too every one who helped me. 




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