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Ch 1: Overview of Astronomy for Elementary School

About This Chapter

Help your child get ahead in astronomy by introducing him or her to the series of lessons in this chapter. This chapter can be used as a homework tool to help your child improve his or her grades in astronomy.

Overview of Astronomy for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

This chapter is designed to teach your child different topics on astronomy. The chapter's lessons will emphasize topics such as astronaut food, dwarf planets, the Hubble telescope, meteorites and moon landings. Experienced instructors use easy-to-comprehend language when presenting these astronomy topics. Self-assessment quizzes will allow your child to check his or her progress as they go through the chapter. You and your child should see an improvement with grades by using the resources in this chapter.

Who It's For

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

  •  Students who have fallen behind in understanding lunar eclipses, big bang theory, telescopes and nuclear fusions
  •  Students who have learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about astronomy
  •  Students who prefer multiple ways of learning Earth 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 astronomy
  •  Students who struggle to understand their Earth science teachers
  •  Students who attend schools without extra Earth 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 topics by completing the Overview of Astronomy for Elementary School chapter exam.

45 Lessons in Chapter 1: Overview of Astronomy for Elementary School
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Astronaut Food Lesson for Kids

1. Astronaut Food Lesson for Kids

How do you salt your food in space? That's one of the many fun questions answered in this lesson on astronaut food. Read on to learn what astronauts eat and how they prepare their meals.

Astronomy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

2. Astronomy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

When the moon is full and bright in the night sky it might seem pretty close, but it is actually more than 200,000 miles away from the Earth's surface. In this lesson, learn what astronomy is, what astronomers study and more facts about our universe.

Dwarf Planets Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

3. Dwarf Planets Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

In Dr. Seuss' book, Horton Hears A Who, Horton declares, 'A person's a person, no matter how small!' Well, when it comes to the solar system, 'A planet's a planet, no matter how small!' Learn about what dwarf planets are as well as some fun facts about them!

Hubble Telescope: Lesson for Kids

4. Hubble Telescope: Lesson for Kids

There's no telescope like the Hubble Telescope! This huge telescope circles the Earth and takes pictures of cool things in outer space. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Hubble Telescope and the great discoveries it's made.

Telescopes Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

5. Telescopes Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wished you could see the moon up close? A telescope could help you with that! Learn about different types of telescopes, their history and some of the most famous telescopes in the world.

Solar Eclipse Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

6. 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

7. 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.

Meteorite Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

8. Meteorite Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Meteorites are rocks from outer space that hit the ground on Earth. Come learn about meteorites, how they start out, where you can go to see the biggest one ever found, and some other cool facts about these rocks.

Nuclear Fusion Definition: Lesson for Kids

9. Nuclear Fusion Definition: Lesson for Kids

The sun is 93 million miles away, yet it is so bright and full of energy that you can see every day. What makes it so powerful? The answer is nuclear fusion. Learn what nuclear fusion is, where you would see it, and how it could possibly be used to create energy.

Moon Landings: Lesson for Kids

10. Moon Landings: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wanted to go to the moon? Several scientists called astronauts have landed on the moon. This lesson will teach you all about the different moon landings!

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

11. 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.

Moon Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

12. Moon Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Have you ever heard of the man on the Moon? Or that it's made of Swiss cheese? Neither are true, as you will learn in this lesson all about our Moon. Find out how far it is from Earth, what it's like there, what lunar phases are, and more fun facts about our Moon!

Apollo 13 Facts: Lesson for Kids

13. Apollo 13 Facts: Lesson for Kids

Apollo 13 was a mission to the moon, but it never made it there. Learn what went wrong during the Apollo 13 mission and how the astronauts aboard the spacecraft made it home alive.

Space Exploration Lesson for Kids: History, Timeline & Facts

14. Space Exploration Lesson for Kids: History, Timeline & Facts

In this lesson, you will learn about the technology that made space exploration possible, and about the race to be the first country to accomplish the feat of traveling into space. The lesson will unfold a timeline of discoveries and history-making events that have shaped what we know about the vast realm beyond our atmosphere.

Zodiac Lesson for Kids: Signs & Constellations

15. Zodiac Lesson for Kids: Signs & Constellations

Do you think that your life might be influenced by objects in space? Come and learn about what the zodiac is, as well as what constellations represent the different signs of the zodiac.

Chinese Zodiac Lesson for Kids: Story & Signs

16. Chinese Zodiac Lesson for Kids: Story & Signs

Have you ever heard of the Chinese zodiac? What about the year of the rat or the year of the ox? This lesson will teach you the story behind the Chinese zodiac and give descriptions of each of the signs of the zodiac.

Types of Stars: Lesson for Kids

17. 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.

Solstice Definition: Lesson for Kids

18. Solstice Definition: Lesson for Kids

The sun appears to have a different path in the sky according to season. The solstice marks a special day in relation to the sun. Learn more about the solstice and what it means to you in this lesson.

Summer Solstice: Lesson for Kids

19. Summer Solstice: Lesson for Kids

Do you love the summer? Many kids love having longer days to play outside during the summer months. But why are the days longer in summer? This lesson will teach you about the science behind the summer solstice.

Animals in Space: Lesson for Kids

20. Animals in Space: Lesson for Kids

There are many human beings who have earned the opportunity to travel into space, but what about animals who have made the same journey? Come and learn about why animals are sent to space and see some famous examples.

Formation of the Solar System: Lesson for Kids

21. Formation of the Solar System: Lesson for Kids

In this science lesson we'll learn how the sun and planets in our solar system came into existence. Let's read on to learn more about the details of this fascinating formation.

SETI Facts: Lesson for Kids

22. SETI Facts: Lesson for Kids

SETI stands for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Learn facts about SETI, including when it started, how it uses radio telescopes to listen for signs of life in outer space, where SETI projects exist, and what SETI researchers have heard.

Galaxy Types Lesson for Kids: Irregular, Spiral & Elliptical

23. Galaxy Types Lesson for Kids: Irregular, Spiral & Elliptical

In this world, things come in different shapes and sizes: people, animals, furniture - you name it. The same goes for 'out of this world,' as galaxies come in a variety of shapes, as well. In this lesson, we will explore the three main types of galaxies.

Galaxies Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

24. Galaxies Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Galaxies are enormous systems in outer space, including our own called the Milky Way. In this lesson, learn the definition of a galaxy, find out about the three different types of galaxies, and discover more about the Milky Way.

Life Cycle of the Sun: Lesson for Kids

25. Life Cycle of the Sun: Lesson for Kids

Do you know how old the Sun is or how long it will live? Although the Sun isn't something you typically think of as living, the Sun, like other living things, has a life cycle. Today we'll look at the stages in the Sun's life cycle.

How is a Black Hole Formed? - Lesson for Kids

26. How is a Black Hole Formed? - Lesson for Kids

Black holes are areas in space with very strong gravity. This lesson will teach you about black holes, how they form and how scientists know they are there even though they can't be seen.

Special Relativity Lesson for Kids: Facts & Examples

27. Special Relativity Lesson for Kids: Facts & Examples

Have you ever wondered how fast light can travel and if it is possible for us to go that fast? In this lesson, you'll learn how the theory of special relativity explains the speed of light.

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity: Lesson for Kids

28. Einstein's Theory of General Relativity: Lesson for Kids

We know time is based on the motion of the earth and sun: one rotation or spin of the earth equals one 24 hour day. Would time be the same if you were traveling on a spaceship? Find out as you learn about Einstein's theory of general relativity.

Andromeda Galaxy Facts: Lesson for Kids

29. Andromeda Galaxy Facts: Lesson for Kids

At first, people looking at the stars thought it was a cloud or just another part of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. But the Andromeda Galaxy is actually our closest neighbor, and scientists think it will actually bump into our own galaxy one day.

Astronomy Experiments for Kids

30. Astronomy Experiments for Kids

In this lesson, we'll be exploring what causes stars to twinkle in the sky. By the end of the lesson, you'll understand what factors on Earth affect how we see the stars in space.

Cosmology Lesson for Kids

31. Cosmology Lesson for Kids

Outer space. How big is it? How did it come to be? These are questions scientists try to answer in a field of study called cosmology. In this lesson you will learn what cosmology is, its history, and how its study benefits us here on Earth.

Escape Velocity Lesson for Kids

32. Escape Velocity Lesson for Kids

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the stars? First you'd have to figure out how to get your spaceship off the earth, and to do that you'll have to know something about escape velocity. This lesson will tell you about escape velocity.

Meteoroid Lesson for Kids

33. Meteoroid Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, find out about meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites. What do they have in common? How are they different? What do they have to do with 'shooting stars'? Read on to find out!

Precession Definition: Lesson for Kids

34. Precession Definition: Lesson for Kids

The Earth is a great spinning ball. How does it spin over time, and what is the effect? Read this lesson if you would like to learn about precession of the Earth.

Natural Satellite: Lesson for Kids

35. Natural Satellite: Lesson for Kids

Natural satellites have fascinated people ever since we looked up at the night sky. In this lesson, you will learn what a natural satellite is and how scientists decide if an object is a satellite or not.

Artificial Satellite Information: Lesson for Kids

36. Artificial Satellite Information: Lesson for Kids

Many people know a lot about satellites. Do you know there are natural satellites and artificial satellites and what the difference is, or why they even exist? This lesson will teach you about satellites and artificial satellites.

Weather Satellite Lesson for Kids: Facts & Information

37. Weather Satellite Lesson for Kids: Facts & Information

How do meteorologists know what kind of weather we will have tomorrow? They use information from weather satellites to forecast weather. This lesson will teach us about weather satellites.

Altitude Definition: Lesson for Kids

38. Altitude Definition: Lesson for Kids

Altitude is a word that's used in a lot of different places, from baking to flying in airplanes. But what is altitude? In this lesson you'll learn what altitude is and take a close look at different examples to understand how altitude can affect people.

Antarctic Circle Definition: Lesson for Kids

39. Antarctic Circle Definition: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you'll travel to a very unusual place on Earth. Read on to find out about Antarctica and the Antarctic Circle. Who lives there? What's the weather like? Read on and find out!

Arctic Circle Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

40. Arctic Circle Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

In this lesson, you'll take a visit to a cold, icy, snowy land called the Arctic. Read on to find out what the Arctic Circle is, where it's located, and what you'd see if you visited this unique place.

Azimuth Definition: Lesson for Kids

41. Azimuth Definition: Lesson for Kids

Think of all the stars there are in the sky. If you wanted to tell someone how to find one particular star, how could you do it? Read this lesson to find out!

History of Cartography Lesson for Kids

42. History of Cartography Lesson for Kids

If you want to find your way to a new location, or to return somewhere you've been before, you might use a map. In this lesson, find out how maps changed over time and what maps have to do with cartography.

Cartographer Definition: Lesson for Kids

43. Cartographer Definition: Lesson for Kids

Maps are both fascinating and functional. In this lesson, learn about the person who makes maps, known as a cartographer, and the types of maps he or she can craft.

Equator Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

44. Equator Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Did you know that there is less gravity on Earth at the Equator than at the North and South Poles? Read this lesson to find out why that's important and more facts about the Equator!

Prime Meridian Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

45. Prime Meridian Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Some people feel uneasy or awkward if they don't know the time or where they are. There was a period in history when each city had its own time and didn't know exactly where anyone else was until people came up with the idea of a Prime Meridian.

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