Friday, January 11, 2013

Astronomy Resources

If you are teaching astronomy this school year, I highly recommend It is a part of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. The pictures are amazing! I have had students choose to explore this site in their free time. I know I have barely touched the potential resources on this site.

Besides the pictures, the one part of the site I use every year is the Phases of the Moon Calendar. When I have had my students chart the phases of the moon, we often have cloudy skies here near Seattle, Washington.’s chart is my back up plan.

Here is a copy of my Moon Observation Chart.  Just click on this link to get this freebie.

I recently updated Sun and Shadows Observations in my TpT Store. This packet now contains three more activities.

 Students measure their shadows once in the morning, once in the middle of the day, and once in the afternoon. They will record their measurements and the direction of the shadow for each time. This activity can be repeated during each season. I have attached additional recording sheets with student directions should you wish to do this.


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    1. And I am your 100th follower! SO EXCITING! Congrats!

      Learning With Mrs. Leeby

    2. Thank you for following me. I will have to get to work on a celebration.

  2. Love this freebie! We are studying solar systems right now and it is perfect:) Following you now. I found you through Diane's giveaway.

    My Teacher Friend

    1. Thank you Brandi!
      I enjoy teaching astronomy. I find the students are motivated to learn about it.

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      I just stopped by your blog, too.
      Happy Monday!

  4. Thanks for sharing, phases of the moon and astronomy are my favorite topics to teach!

    simply sprout

    1. Thanks Marcy,
      I enjoy teaching astronomy as well.

  5. I am not able to open your links for the moon chart. I was hoping to start using it tomorrow. Would you be able to pdf link via email for me? I am sorry! I love, love your site. Just signed-up! #139! Have a great day celebrating working and relaxing ;) Happy back to school!
    Samantha Lehmann

    1. Thank you for letting me know you had a problem opening the file. I just sent it to you and I will check the Google Drive settings.


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