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These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, include activities for the older student.
by Dr. Jonathan Henry
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.
NOTE: For this lesson, a night-time class would be helpful. Have students observe the sky. If you live in a well-lighted area, you may want to drive to a nearby park so you can see more.
On a clear night go outside and look at the sky. How many constellations you can find? Your local newspaper should list moon-rise times, as well as which planets are visible and in which part of the sky they can be seen.
The Astronomy Book suggests the magazine Sky and Telescope. A word of caution: this magazine contains articles which talk about long ages (millions and billions of years), the “big bang,” the evolution of stars, etc. as if they are fact. The Sky and Telescope Web site has an interactive sky chart and other useful information.