Showing posts with label Stellarium. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stellarium. Show all posts

Friday, September 20, 2013

Short Lessons on Equinoxes and Seasons

The autumnal equinox will happen this weekend in the northern hemisphere. If you're looking for some resources for teaching about the equinox and the change of seasons, I have a small collection of resources for you.

On National Geographic's Education page there are two resources worth noting. The first is a simple illustration of the position of Earth relative to the sun throughout the year. That illustration could support your use of this hands-on activity designed to help students understand the changes in intensity and duration of sunlight on their part of the world throughout the year. Both resources are appropriate for elementary school students.

Mechanism Of The Seasons is a video that I found on YouTube. The six minute video could be helpful in a flipped classroom environment as it covers the same information that your students will review in the National Geographic materials mentioned above.

Sixty Symbols offers an eleven minute video about equinoxes and solstices. It's not a video that most kids will find engaging, but I'm including it because in it you can see a demonstration of how you can use the free Stellarium software in your lessons.

Earlier this week I shared a nice video from NASA in which the Harvest Moon is explained.

If you would like some resources for teaching about the changing fall foliage, click here for a list that I recently posted.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Stellarium - A Planetarium on Your Desktop

Last week Tekzilla Daily had a segment about Stellarium. I was certain that I had written about Stellarium in the past, but when I checked the archives I couldn't find the post. Stellarium is an open source program for Mac, Windows, and Linux that puts a virtual planetarium on your computer. Stellarium allows you to explore space as if you were looking up at the night sky through a telescope. Watch the video below to learn more and to see Stellarium in action.