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Cristina Camarillo Cristina Camarillo 545 Points

Hello what can be some good advice to teach earth and space science? For example like what types of activities can be utilized?

Jazmin Murillo Jazmin Murillo 130 Points

Hello Cristina, Earth and Space science is usually effectively taught by using models. Even having the children model. For example, having the students stand a certain amount of feet apart to show the distance of the planets between each other, and the sun.

Destinee Lara Destinee Lara 535 Points

Hello Cristina, I think a good way to teach earth and space science is providing visuals for the students and having hands-on activities so they are able to interact with each other. An example of an activity is the layer of the earth, basically you will count out circles in the colors red, black, yellow, orange and blue. the blue is the earth, the yellow is the inner core, the orange is the outer core, the red is the mantle, and the white is the mantle.

Hi Cristina, teaching about Earth and Space is very intresting the instent you pull up the subject, and making it fun makes it a lot more intresting then what it already is. Activities that can be used are creating planet earth surface, for example land, water, deserts grass, contents of the whole world. by simpliy providing the students with the material and then give them the chance of putting it together, before they  have been tought about the subject of course. and for space you can do the same process but include the sky, stars, all planets and also direct them so they can arrange the planets in order and at the same time learn the pattern.

Paige Morrison Paige Morrison 180 Points

Hi Cristina, I am a pre-service teacher attending Wartburg College and I have created a hands-on lesson that could be brought into a deep level of teaching earth and space science. I created a solar system model out of different-sized foam balls and acrylic paints and used simple classroom items to put the model together in order. This is something students could do as a way to get a deeper understanding of what the planets actually look like. Through my lesson, I provided the idea that students could be given groups to research a certain planet in our solar system, and then they could create the model of the assigned planet. After their model was created, all models would be placed together, in order, as the solar system. Discussions could be conducted throughout the process of this hands-on activity, and literacy could be brought in as well. There are many books for different grade levels that are aimed towards the solar system and how it's organized that could bring cross-curricular ideas and connections into this lesson. I have not yet taught this in a classroom setting, but from completing the model myself, I learned more about each planet than I had before!

Rubi Guanajuato Rubi Guanajuato 320 Points

Hello Cristina, my advice to you is that one way of teaching space science to kids it’s by introducing them to the planets and the solar system. You can accomplish this by doing a kinesthetic activity with your students. This activity consists of creating a small scale map of the solar system, the students will observe the alignment of the planets, their sizes and the way their closeness to the sun impacts the climate of each planet. I strongly believe that your students will enjoy this activity!

Andrew Fraknoi Andrew Fraknoi 90 Points

Dear Christina:

I am an astronomer who has offered workshops over the years for teachers on how best to teach astronmical concepts (my partner was recently-retired NSTA President, Dennis Schatz.)

We put together a collection of some of the best hands-on astronomy activities in this area, and you can find it through the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific at:

https://myasp.astrosociety.org/product/DV122/the-universe-at-your-fingertips-20-dvd-rom 

You can find a free sampling of activities at: https://astrosociety.org/education-outreach/education-activities/grades-k-12.html 

Andrew Fraknoi (Fromm Institute, U. of San Francisco)

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