Tag: Earth and space sciences

2015 Astronomy and Space Teaching Opportunities

October 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Updated 9 November 2014) This article provides a brief overview of the predictable significant astronomy and space events that will occur in 2015 which you may wish to use in your teaching of the ‘Earth and Space Sciences’ Science Understandings. I would encourage you to incorporate the use of these events in your teaching to […]

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Scaling the Universe. A modern version of ‘Powers of Ten’

January 13, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

One of the problems with understanding the size of the universe and everything in it, is it’s size. The famous 1977 film ‘Powers of Ten’ by Charles and Ray Eames first tackled this first (see below). In 2012, Cary & Michael Huang created a modern version of the classic video Powers of Ten through a […]

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Amazing Space! January – March 2012 student newsletter now available

January 22, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

The ‘Amazing Space!’ January – March 2012 student newsletter is now available for free download from my website. The direct link for downloading the newsletter is: Amazing_Space_Newsletter_January_March_2012 The newsletter’s content for this issue (Term 1 2012) includes finder charts to assist your students in locating Venus and Jupiter (both easily visible to the unaided […]

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Moon phase recording charts

September 3, 2011 | By | 3 Comments

On this page, you can download a ‘Moon Phase Recording Chart’ which allows you to record or draw the phases of the Moon on a daily basis from the period just after New Moon through to the Full Moon phase. Depending on your preference, you can either chose the chart with blank discs […]

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Make a 3D model of the Southern Cross

August 25, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

The Australian Curriculum for Science in the ‘Earth and space sciences’ content area for Year 10 asks that students understand that ‘…The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems (ACSSU188)‘. Now it is one thing to show them pictures of galaxies, stars and other solar systems (474 solar systems at the time […]

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Make a Jupiter and Venus conjunction flip book

August 22, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

2012 will be a year full of memorable astronomical events. One of the first will be an apparent close encounter between Venus and Jupiter visible to the unaided eye in March 2012. Regardless of where you live in Australia, you will be able to look low above the Western horizon as evening twilight […]

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Make a scale model of the Sun, Earth and Moon system

August 21, 2011 | By | 3 Comments

Space is big! Just how big is difficult to comprehend. One starting point on the journey to attempt to understand how big space is is to look at the distance between the Sun, the Earth and Moon. If you have a few spare minutes, a 25 meter measuring tape and access to a […]

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Make a Southern Cross finder and demonstrate how the stars move due to the Earth’s rotation

August 19, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

One of the first things that most people learn to do when they are getting started in astronomy is to learn where the Southern Cross is. Being able to identify the Southern Cross is interesting as well as useful if you happen to be out bush walking and get lost without a compass. […]

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Explore the Moons phases with an old fashioned flip book

August 18, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Do you remember the old fashioned flip books? Here is a chance for you to make one with an astronomical theme – the phases of the Moon! It is a great way to speed up the Moons monthly lunar cycle. Using this resource with your students would also be an ideal way of […]

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