Astronomy

Virtual Teaching Resources

While you are home and looking for one more thing to help with homeschooling or to entertain yourself or the family, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite websites. This is by no means a complete list of what’s out there.

Astronomy @ Home (grades K - 12): Weekly live storytime, lectures, and activities kids ages 3-15 from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

NASA STEM @ Home for Students (grades K - 4, 5 - 8): NASA has compiled a variety of activities, puzzles, games, stories, videos, and more for students to do at home.

McDonald Observatory from the University of Texas offers a wide variety of activities to explore astronomy. Here are a selection of our favorites to do at home:

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers a list of K-12 classroom activities.

The Exploratorium hosts robust professional development programs, activities for classrooms, and other tools for teaching and learning.

Visit NASA Space Place for classroom activities for elementary kids.

Miscellaneous

Elementary

High School

Earth and Space Science

Delve into the study of plate tectonics and journey to the outer edges of the universe in with lessons and learnings in Earth and Space Science. Students can debate whether there is life in outer space with an interactive lesson from High-Adventure Science, analyze videos to compare the formation of tornadoes and avalanches, and follow directions to make a "Biome in a Baggie." Earth and Space Science examines the history and formation of the universe, the prediction of hurricanes and other types of weather, and the categorization of rocks and minerals. https://cptv.pbslearningmedia.org/subjects/science/earth-and-space-science/

Sky and Telescope has complied a list of online resources for grades K-12. Enjoy! https://skyandtelescope.org/homeschool-resources/?fbclid=IwAR3gquWhmrMMRdd9WyX6e-j8orDQi_teXUBu1fqv1zJs00-vBt_1dRjhGHg

Star Gazing Resourses

  • Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis - http://www.cambridge.org/turnleft

  • Sky & Telescope - interactive star chart

  • Heavens Above - Satellite predictions and other astronomical data customized for your location.

  • Stellarium - Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

  • AAVSO - The mission of the AAVSO is to enable anyone, anywhere to participate in scientific discoverythrough variable star astronomy.

  • International Dark Sky Association - The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is the recognizedauthority on light pollution and is the leading organization combating light pollution worldwide.

  • Skymaps - digital sky maps (star charts) for publication, education and other commercial applications.

  • Since 1975 Orion Telescopes & Binoculars has been offering high-quality outdoor optics products for sale direct to customers. https://www.telescope.com