Teachers Guides for Current Shows
Here are links to the teacher guides for shows that have been developed so far:
- Two Small Pieces of Glass (PDF)
- Legends of the Night Sky: Orion (PDF)
- Larry Cat in Space: Teacher Guide (PDF) and Coloring Page 1 (PDF) and Coloring Page 2 (PDF)
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
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.
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.
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.