For Teachers

Teachers Guides for Current Shows

Here are links to the teacher guides for shows that have been developed so far:

We are currently working on several lesson plans for activities to be integrated into our planetarium system. Until then, we will host lesson plans for use in the classroom provided by Digitalis Education. All of these lessons plans are designed for use with the free, open-source Stellarium software which you can find in our Links section. This software is usable on hardware ~5 years old and newer and is a perfect program to project onto a screen in the classroom.

Kindergarten through second grade

Moving Right Along (PDF) (RTF) is an introduction to Earth's rotation and revolution and how those movements affect our view of the sky.

Sky Stories (PDF) (RTF) introduces students to the pictures and stories of some Greco-Roman constellations, as well as reasons why constellations were created.

What's Up? (PDF) (RTF) explores what we can see in the sky (stars, planets, the moon) and differences between those objects.

Grades 3-5

Planets (PDF) (RTF) explores the differences between stars and planets, how we can recognize a planet in the night sky, and planetary motion (prograde and retrograde).

Star Quest (PDF) (RTF) introduces some Greco-Roman constellations; students also learn to use star maps to find the pictures in the sky.

StellarLunar (PDF) (RTF) explores stars, constellations, and the phases of the moon. Students learn what causes the phases and the name of each phase as they model the earth, moon, and sun system.

Moons of the Solar System (PDF) (RTF) explores differences between planets and moons, and introduces students to major moons of the solar system.

Grades 6-8

Halloween Astronomy (PDF) (RTF), introduces the history and mythology of Halloween and its relationship with solstices and equinoxes.

Stellar Navigation (PDF) (RTF) , written for the northern hemisphere, introduces students to the idea of navigating by the stars. Students learn to use stars to determine latitude and compass points, and observe how our location on Earth affects our view of the sky.

Solstice and Equinox (PDF) (RTF) explores the relevance of solstices and equinoxes, including how they relate to the seasons we experience.

World in Motion (PDF) (RTF) explores what is in motion in our solar system, that Earth's movements give us the day and the year, that gravity keeps planets in orbit around the sun and the moon in orbit around the earth, how to recognize a planet in the night sky, and prograde and retrograde planetary motion.

Mars (PDF) (RTF) explores how to recognize the Red Planet in the sky, what makes Mars interesting, and past and future exploration missions to this planet.

Grades 9-12

Astrology: Fact or Fiction (PDF) (RTF) debunks astrology, explores the differences between science and pseudoscience, introduces students to the ecliptic and precession, and explains how and why the zodiac signs were created.

How do we Know? (PDF) (RTF) explores how we know what we know about our universe by looking at developments in three major eras: Greco-Roman times, the 17th century, and the late 19th century to today.

Hubble Space Telescope (PDF) (RTF) explores why the Hubble Space Telescope is in space, as well as several discoveries it has made.

Page maintained by Marketing and Communications.