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Ch 8: Astronomy for Elementary School

About This Chapter

Learning about science and astronomy can be fun. When your child begins absorbing the material in this chapter, his or her world can expand. The lessons in this chapter seek to explain the basics of astronomy in an easily comprehensible way.

Astronomy for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

This chapter on astronomy provides an alternative to classroom learning for elementary and middle school students. Your child can gain an understanding of the characteristics of different kinds of stars, and he or she can get information about specific planets in our solar system.

This is a self-paced chapter that should fit nicely into your child's existing study schedule. Created by experts, the lessons are brief. All that is necessary to access the lessons is an Internet-connected mobile device or desktop computer.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Life Cycle of a Star Lesson for Kids The details of a star's life cycle are shared with students.
Dark Matter Lesson for Kids Students can discover the origins of dark matter.
Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion Lesson for Kids The statements of Johannes Kepler's laws are described.
Planet Mars Lesson for Kids Students can learn about the characteristics of Mars.
Jupiter Lesson for Kids Facts & Information This lesson will present facts about Jupiter.
Why is Pluto Not a Planet? - Lesson for Kids Students discover the reasons that Pluto isn't considered a planet.
Wormholes Lesson for Kids In this lesson, wormholes are described.
Constellations Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts Students learn about constellations.
Astronauts Lesson for Kids The responsibilities of astronauts are explained to pupils.
International Space Station Lesson for Kids This lesson provides elementary and middle school students with information about the International Space Station.
The Space Shuttle Lesson for Kids Details about the space shuttle will be explained.

48 Lessons in Chapter 8: Astronomy for Elementary School
Life Cycle of a Star Lesson for Kids

1. Life Cycle of a Star Lesson for Kids

Have you ever looked into the night sky and tried to count all the different stars? The stars you see didn't always twinkle in the dark though. In this lesson we will explore the life cycle of a star.

Dark Matter Lesson for Kids

2. Dark Matter Lesson for Kids

There is a great mystery in the universe - something that we can't see, or touch or even detect with telescopes or microscopes. But what is it? It's called dark matter, and this lesson will try to explain what we know.

Kepler Laws of Planetary Motion Lesson for Kids

3. Kepler Laws of Planetary Motion Lesson for Kids

Johannes Kepler discovered many things about our universe, including the three laws of planetary motion. Come and learn about these three laws, as well as some background about Kepler's life.

Planet Mars Lesson for Kids

4. Planet Mars Lesson for Kids

We identify Mars with blood and death, but we can't stop sending spaceships up to explore it. In this lesson, you'll learn about the planet Mars and how humans have tried to look for water and even life on its surface.

Jupiter Lesson for Kids Facts & Information

5. Jupiter Lesson for Kids Facts & Information

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. There are so many things about this giant that we want to know more about. This lesson will give you information about the planet with the big red spot. Jump aboard for an amazing journey to Jupiter!

Why Is Pluto Not a Planet? - Lesson for Kids

6. Why Is Pluto Not a Planet? - Lesson for Kids

For a long time, Pluto was considered to be the 9th and tiniest planet in our solar system. However, after scientists made some new discoveries, they decided it really wasn't a planet after all. Come learn about Pluto and why it is no longer called a planet.

Wormholes Lesson for Kids

7. Wormholes Lesson for Kids

Have you been on a long car ride and wished that you could just teleport there and skip the trip? With a wormhole, it might just be possible. Although they have yet to be proven, wormholes may exist. Keep reading to find out more.

Constellations Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

8. Constellations Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

For thousands of years, people have seen shapes and patterns made by the stars in the sky. The shapes we recognize today, known as 'constellations,' help people to understand time, space, and directions.

Astronauts Lesson for Kids

9. Astronauts Lesson for Kids

Astronauts explore outer space and have contributed a great amount to space exploration studies. Learn about the people who truly have a job that is out of this world!

International Space Station Lesson for Kids

10. International Space Station Lesson for Kids

This lesson will discuss the International Space Station. You'll learn about how the International Space Station was created, what happens in the International Space Station, and other interesting facts.

The Space Shuttle Lesson for Kids

11. The Space Shuttle Lesson for Kids

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF! The space shuttle program had many successful missions to space in United States history. In this lesson, you will learn more about the history, parts, and missions of the space shuttle.

Layers of the Sun: Lesson for Kids

12. Layers of the Sun: Lesson for Kids

The Sun is the star at the center of our Solar System. Just like the Earth and the other planets, the Sun has several layers. In this lesson, we will talk about the Sun and its layers.

What is a Star? - Lesson for Kids

13. What is a Star? - Lesson for Kids

Stars are bright balls of hot gases that we can see on a clear night. Believe it or not, even our Sun is a star! Come learn what stars are made of, how they form and some other cool facts.

Asteroid Belt Facts: Lesson for Kids

14. Asteroid Belt Facts: Lesson for Kids

In our Solar System, a huge band of asteroids exists beyond Mars. It is called the Asteroid Belt. What exactly is the Asteroid Belt? How did it get there? This lesson will answer these questions and more!

Asteroid Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

15. Asteroid Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Space is not just empty. It is full of rocks, dust, and even ice. In this lesson, we will talk about one type of these objects in space: Asteroids. We will talk about the size of asteroids and what they are made of.

Black Hole Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

16. Black Hole Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Imagine a place where nothing can escape. A place so big and dark that not even light can find its way out. I'll bet that sounds like a horror story, but what we're talking about is a black hole. Learn more about black holes in this lesson.

Sun Facts: Lesson for Kids

17. Sun Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Sun is a part of your every day life, but how much do you actually know about the Sun? Come and learn about what the Sun is, as well as its advantages and disadvantages.

Tessellations: Lesson for Kids

18. Tessellations: Lesson for Kids

Explore the fascinating world of tessellations! In this lesson, you'll discover the artist that created complex tessellations, and learn how these geometric patterns are created and how to try one yourself.

Apollo 11 Facts: Lesson for Kids

19. Apollo 11 Facts: Lesson for Kids

3... 2... 1... Liftoff! Apollo 11 was the first manned space flight to the moon and back. Find out who went, what they did on the moon, who they talked to while there, and what they brought back.

Comet Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

20. Comet Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Comets are fascinating objects found in outer space! In this lesson, explore how comets are created and how they travel. Find out what people thought about comets long ago, and learn about famous comets.

Facts About Saturn: Lesson for Kids

21. Facts About Saturn: Lesson for Kids

Of all the planets in our solar system, most people agree that Saturn is the most beautiful. With its mysterious rings and enchanting colors, Saturn is a magnificent planet to look at. In this lesson, you will learn the basic facts about the fascinating sixth planet we call Saturn.

Facts About the Solar System: Lesson for Kids

22. Facts About the Solar System: Lesson for Kids

The Earth is just one small part of the much bigger solar system. In this lesson, you will learn some facts about the solar system and why it is so amazing.

Kuiper Belt Facts: Lesson for Kids

23. Kuiper Belt Facts: Lesson for Kids

Do you have to wear a belt to keep your pants from falling down? Did you know that our solar system has it's own belt that circles around it. This belt doesn't hold up the solar systems pants, but it contains some cool stuff. This lesson will teach you about the Kuiper Belt.

Planet Mercury Facts: Lesson for Kids

24. Planet Mercury Facts: Lesson for Kids

It's small, it's hot and it's the closest planet to the sun. In this lesson, we will learn about Mercury. We'll find out what it might be made of and how it moves through our solar system.

Meteor Facts: Lesson for Kids

25. Meteor Facts: Lesson for Kids

Meteors are fascinating objects in space! In this lesson, learn all about what causes a meteor, how they can be viewed, and how they have impacted Earth.

Milky Way Facts: Lesson for Kids

26. Milky Way Facts: Lesson for Kids

If you started counting stars in our galaxy, you could be counting for more than 50 years. The Milky Way is the galaxy that we live in and it contains a lot of stuff, including billions of stars. This lesson will teach you the basics of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

NASA Facts: Lesson for Kids

27. NASA Facts: Lesson for Kids

Studying and exploring the universe is the challenging, but interesting, job of people who work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In this lesson, you'll learn more about the history of NASA and the explorations it conducts.

Planet Neptune Facts: Lesson for Kids

28. Planet Neptune Facts: Lesson for Kids

For centuries, astronomers have been gazing up at the sky trying to discover what is beyond Earth. One planet in our solar system, Neptune, is very far away. Read this lesson to learn more about this distant planet.

Planet Facts: Lesson for Kids

29. Planet Facts: Lesson for Kids

They're big, they're round and they circle a giant ball of hot gas. Can you guess what they are? Planets are amazing places full of mystery and wonder. This lesson will teach you the basics of planets and even those in our own solar system.

Planet Pluto Facts: Lesson for Kids

30. Planet Pluto Facts: Lesson for Kids

In 2006, we lost a planet. Well, sort of. The planet Pluto was originally called the ninth planet in our solar system, but it was changed to a dwarf planet. Pluto is still way out there in the blackness and holds lots of mystery. This lesson will teach you about the basics of our once smallest planet.

Space Facts: Lesson for Kids

31. Space Facts: Lesson for Kids

Outer space is a magnificent thing with so much to learn, study, and explore. Come and learn about different objects in our solar system, our galaxy, our universe, and where in space we will travel to next.

Space Race Lesson for Kids: Facts & Timeline

32. Space Race Lesson for Kids: Facts & Timeline

With no idea of the landscape and what it had in store for them, two American astronauts bravely landed and walked on the moon for the very first time. In this lesson you will learn about the great Space Race that led up to this amazing event.

Planet Uranus Facts: Lesson for Kids

33. Planet Uranus Facts: Lesson for Kids

What is that weird planet in the solar system that lays on its side? It's Uranus, a gas giant planet, sometimes called an ice giant. This lesson will teach you some pretty cool facts about this greenish planet.

Planet Venus Facts: Lesson for Kids

34. Planet Venus Facts: Lesson for Kids

When you look up at the sky right before the Sun comes up, you might see what looks like a bright star. This is actually Venus that your looking at. In this lesson, you will learn more about what makes Venus unique from other planets.

Phases of the Moon: Lesson for Kids

35. Phases of the Moon: Lesson for Kids

Why does the moon change throughout the month? What role does the sun play in all this? This lesson addresses these questions through a detailed investigation into phases of the moon.

Cosmological Argument: Lesson for Kids

36. Cosmological Argument: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll explore a couple of cosmological arguments, including one based on a small particle, which scientists and religious people use to explain the beginning of our universe.

Continental Shelf Definition: Lesson for Kids

37. Continental Shelf Definition: Lesson for Kids

The place where the ocean waters meet the land is the start of the continental shelf. This shelf can extend for miles into the water. Learn about the features and life within the continental shelf.

Rockets Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

38. Rockets Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Rockets are awesome scientific inventions that capture the attention of many people and caused exciting scientific discoveries over hundreds of years. In this lesson, you will learn interesting rocket facts and the history of rockets.

Parts of a Rocket: Lesson for Kids

39. Parts of a Rocket: Lesson for Kids

Rockets are simple, yet forceful machines that propel objects into the air. They have many pieces, but there are four main parts of a rocket. In this lesson, you'll learn about the structure, payload, guidance, and propulsion systems of rockets.

Solar Flares: Lesson for Kids

40. Solar Flares: Lesson for Kids

From Earth, the sun looks like little more than a bright lightbulb, but the sun's surface is an active and violent place that's often rocked by eruptions called solar flares. Learn about solar flares and how they affect life here on Earth.

Aristotle Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

41. Aristotle Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Aristotle was a great thinker of his day. He is remembered as a great philosopher whose important contributions to science, politics, and philosophy aided our understanding of how the world works.

Satellite Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

42. Satellite Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

There are many satellites floating around in space. This lesson will teach you what a satellite is, some examples of natural satellites, the kinds of jobs man-made satellites do, and some other cool facts about these orbiting objects.

Edwin Hubble Facts: Lesson for Kids

43. Edwin Hubble Facts: Lesson for Kids

Edwin Hubble was a famous American astronomer who lived from 1889 to 1953. He made important discoveries that revolutionized the way we look at the universe. Learn about the life and discoveries of Edwin Hubble.

Johannes Kepler Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

44. Johannes Kepler Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Johannes Kepler was an astronomer and mathematician who discovered that planets and other objects travel in elliptical orbits around the sun, which led to the three laws of planetary motion. His achievements include important work in optics and math.

Orbit Definition: Lesson for Kids

45. Orbit Definition: Lesson for Kids

Learn the definition of orbit, and explore different types of objects that orbit the sun, Earth, moon, and solar system. The lesson defines the purpose of man-made and natural satellites as they orbit the planets.

Ptolemy Theory of the Universe: Lesson for Kids

46. Ptolemy Theory of the Universe: Lesson for Kids

I bet you have heard that Earth revolves, or moves around, the Sun. But astronomers did not always believe the Sun to be the center of the universe. In this lesson, learn about Ptolemy and his theory of the universe.

Rings of Saturn: Lesson for Kids

47. Rings of Saturn: Lesson for Kids

Hold on to your hats! Let's take off in a rocket to explore the rings around the planet Saturn! This lesson will explain how the rings were discovered, what they're made of, and some other interesting facts about Saturn's rings.

Astronomer Facts: Lesson for Kids

48. Astronomer Facts: Lesson for Kids

Long ago, people believed the world was flat. Thanks to scientists who study the sky, we know this isn't true. In this lesson, we'll learn about famous astronomers and the tools they use to study space.

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