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The Astronomy Book, Lesson 2

What is astronomy?

by Dr. Jonathan Henry on January 1, 2002
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These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, include activities for the older student.

Introduction:

These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, include activities for the older student. Parents/teachers will easily find the answers to questions in the text, and should prepare themselves by reading the stated pages prior to having the student read the weekly assignment. If a child is not able to read yet, parents may wish to read the text to the student.

Read:

  • Pages 6–7

Scripture:

  • James 4:13–15
  • Psalm 143:8

Questions to answer:

  1. What is astronomy?
  2. From what language does the word “astronomy” come? What does it mean?
  3. What is an astronomer?
  4. What is the difference between astronomy and astrology?
  5. What is the difference between a moon and a planet?
  6. How many planets are there in the Earth’s solar system?
  7. In what galaxy is Earth?

Words/phrases to know:

  • Galaxy
  • Planet
  • Star

Activities:

Have students make a model of the planets in our solar system. Various sized Styrofoam balls can be used for the planets and the Sun. This activity may take a few weeks to complete.

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