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Ch 11: 3rd Grade Science: Astronomy

About This Chapter

Let us help you and your 3rd grader understand more about astronomy, including stars, eclipses, constellations, gravity and the solar system. These short, fun lessons and quizzes can be used help students finish their homework or as a homeschooling reference.

3rd Grade Science: Astronomy - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, learn more about astronomy and the related topics of the Earth's rotation, meteors and comets, and the Big Bang Theory. Use the multiple-choice quizzes associated with each lesson to assess how well your student understands these topics. The printable lesson transcripts can be used as worksheets or study guides. If you have further questions, our instructors are available to help.

Chapter Topics

  • Describe the Big Bang Theory
  • Give some facts about the solar system, space, planets, and the Milky Way
  • Explain how the Earth's rotation and gravity works
  • Understand what meteors and comets are
  • Tell the difference between a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse
  • Talk about types of stars and the constellations
  • Explain who Nicolaus Copernicus was

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with astronomy topics will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about the science of astronomy.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding astronomy subjects
  • Students who have learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about the planets and the stars
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about meteors and space
  • Students who struggle to understand their science teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science resources

How It Works

  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover astronomy topics your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play to watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Review the lesson or video transcripts, emphasizing the highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about astronomy.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands astronomy by completing the 3rd Grade Science: Astronomy exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 11: 3rd Grade Science: Astronomy
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Big Bang Theory Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Timeline

1. Big Bang Theory Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Timeline

How did the universe begin? In this lesson, learn about the Big Bang Theory and all of the cosmic events leading up to the universe as we know it today.

Space Facts: Lesson for Kids

2. 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.

Milky Way Facts: Lesson for Kids

3. 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.

Facts About the Solar System: Lesson for Kids

4. 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.

Planet Facts: Lesson for Kids

5. 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.

Earth's Rotation: Lesson for Kids

6. Earth's Rotation: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered how and why the earth rotates? This concept has caught the interest of many scientists over hundreds of years. In this lesson, you'll discover interesting facts about Earth's rotation.

Gravity Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Law

7. Gravity Lesson for Kids: Definition, Facts & Law

Gravity is what helps keep our feet grounded to the Earth and also causes us to fall! In this lesson, we'll learn what gravity is, how Earth's gravity works, and how gravity in the universe affects us and other objects in space.

Asteroid Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

8. 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.

Meteor Facts: Lesson for Kids

9. 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.

Comet Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

10. 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.

Solar Eclipse Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

11. Solar Eclipse Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

A solar eclipse is a rare but exciting astronomical event. In this lesson, learn about solar eclipses, why they occur, and what conditions must be just right to experience darkness during the middle of your day!

Lunar Eclipse Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

12. Lunar Eclipse Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Imagine you're sitting out in your yard one evening looking up at the moon, when suddenly it starts to disappear. It's not setting, but slowly vanishing. That wouldn't be something out of a science fiction movie, it would be a lunar eclipse. This lesson will teach you all about them.

Types of Stars: Lesson for Kids

13. Types of Stars: Lesson for Kids

With so many stars in our solar system, the night sky is a beautiful sight. But not all stars are the same. In this lesson, we will explore the different types of stars so you know exactly what you're gazing at each night.

Constellations Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

14. 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.

Nicolaus Copernicus Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

15. Nicolaus Copernicus Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

One of the great astronomers of history, Nicolaus Copernicus, put forth the idea that the Earth revolved around the Sun instead of the other way around. Learn about the life and achievements of Copernicus in this lesson.

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