Topics in Astronomy – Elementary Level Science Series Session 1 (Winter/Spring 2021)

Topics in Astronomy - Elementary Level Science Series Session 1

We Have Opened a 3rd Section of the Popular Elementary-Level Science Course!

How fast is the speed of light? How big is the solar system? How does gravity work? What is up with Jupiter & it’s many moons? Join Blair Lee for a 3-week session focused on topics in astronomy. Your children will use hands-on investigation and scientific modeling learn the answers to these questions, all the while they will work on science skills and lab technique.

Topics in Astronomy is one of the 4 Sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series. Each session of the Elementary Level Science Series meets 3 times over a span of 3 weeks. Each 3-week Session includes important, foundational science topics, scientific modeling, focused definitions of core science terms and phrases all in an engaging, high-interest format.

Each Session of the Elementary Level Science Series has hands-on labs that have been thoughtfully paired with written materials. Materials will be emailed 2-weeks before the class meets with guided readings, materials list, lab instructions as well as suggestions for extra activities and how to use the topics and material for project-based unit studies. During the live sessions, students can ask questions as we go over the material. Then we will work on an lab/activity as a class. Classes will be taped for anyone unable to attend a class.

For those using the REAL Science Odyssey Astronomy 1 curriculum, these lessons will highlight, but not duplicate, labs and activities from the course. 1st – 4th grades recommended. Course materials will be staggered depending on the grade level, science acumen of the student.

* Lab materials will be inexpensive and easy to obtain.

Bundle Pricing on the Entire Series!

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These classes will have your kids LOVING science as much as Blair does!

Dates: April 12, 19, 26

Monday at 12:30 pm PST

This class is full.

Class Size: 1-12 learners

Age Range: 6 – 10

Total Price: $80 single; $125 for 2 siblings

Bundle Pricing for all four Sessions of the Elementary Level Science Series $285; $450 for 2 siblings

Topics in Astronomy – Elementary Level Science Series Session 1

There are 3 meetings (1 per week for 3 weeks) covering a different topic in astronomy each week.

In this 3-week series students will look at how investigations done on Earth are used to form scientific models for the Universe. In week 3, students will be encouraged to share about one of Jupiter’s moon.

Week 1: Solar System Measurements – How Big is the Solar System? How Fast Is Light? From infrared to radio waves, how big (or small) is a wavelength?

The speed of light is fast? How fast are a cheetah, a snail, and you compared to it? Let’s have a race and find out. After investigating the speed of light students will learn how that is used to make measurements. The measurements made for students will be included as we investigate how long it would take light to get places if it moved at our speed.

Week 2: Mass, Distance, Gravity

If Earth is revolving and rotating in space, why don’t we just fly off its surface? How does this invisible force called gravity work? Student’s will investigate how size and distance affect the force of gravity. We will also look at how NASA uses gravity to help spaceships gat farther faster.

Week 3: The Moons of Jupiter

Galileo first sighted the moons of Jupiter in about 1610. Since then another 75 moons have been discovered. Four of these moons are larger than any of the dwarf planets, including Pluto. One of them, Ganymede is even larger than Mercury. We will also look at the relationship between gravity and Jupiter’s moons.

Topics in Astronomy is one of the 4 sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series. The Elementary Level Science Series has 3 meets 3 times. Each 3-week session includes important, foundational science topics, scientific modeling, focused definitions of core science terms and phrases all in an engaging, high-interest format.

Each Session of the Elementary Level Science Series has hands-on labs that have been thoughtfully paired with written materials. Materials will be emailed 2-weeks before the class meets with guided readings, materials list, lab instructions as well as suggestions for extra activities and how to use the topics and material for project-based unit studies. During the live sessions, students can ask questions as we go over the material. Then we will work on an lab/activity as a class. Classes will be taped for anyone unable to attend a class.

For those using the REAL Science Odyssey Astronomy 1 curriculum, these lessons will highlight, but not duplicate, labs and activities from the course. 1st – 4th grades recommended. Course materials will be staggered depending on the grade level, science acumen of the student.

* Lab materials will be inexpensive and easy to obtain.

Materials List

Supplies Week 1

  • Frozen pea (or something of that size)
  • Playdough
  • String or Yarn measured to 42.5 inches
  • Tape measure
  • Timer (your phone will work for this)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Supplies Week 2

  • 2 Balloons
  • Water
  • Orange (or another roundish fruit of any size)
  • Pea (or small ball of clay)
  • Ruler – (it is optional, but nice, if it has centimeters and inches)

Supplies Week 3

  • 10-inch piece of copper wire OR another type metal wire that conducts charge. A metal coat hanger will work, but those are so stiff that is can be really hard for younger students to move the wire back-and-forth. 
  • Students will need the supplies to make a model of their favorite of Jupiter’s moons. 

To interact in class: Live sessions will be best experienced with a camera and microphone. Parents will need a Zoom account (free).

Usually 2-3 hours per week of work, including class.

Students will gain an understanding of the solar system

Students will learn some of the science explaining light and radiation

Students will learn about the atmosphere surrounding Venus and be able to make some predictive statements about the atmosphere of other planets using scientific analysis

Students will learn about the moons of Jupiter, the concept of size to gravity, and tidal friction

Students will learn important on topic vocabulary

Students will learn lab technique

Students will gain an understanding of the scientific method

K-PS3-1, PS3.B, 5-PS2-1, PS2.B, 5-ESS1-1, ESS1.A, ESS1.B

Families and learners are welcome to share any information about their individual learning preferences and needs and instructor will make accommodations that are helpful to the class.

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