Astronomy Activities and Fireworks


Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Create a flag for a new planet.

2. Key Points – Discover the history of space discovery.

3. Collaborative – Discuss alien life and experiment with an extremophile.

4. Writing – Create a way to communicate with aliens.

5. Math/Logic - Plot constellations.

6. Character Connection - Experience the story of Edwin Hubble.

7. Big Activity – Make models of interstellar matter molecules.

8. Movement - Play a planets mix-up game.

Weekly Disney Days

  1. Figure out the proportions of planet size compared to the sun.

  2. Experience orbits and rotations in our solar system.

  3. Use a mnemonic to memorize the order of the planets.

  4. Act out movement within weightlessness.

  5. Discover and create constellations.

  6. Discuss the origins of the names of the planets.

Standard Disney Days

  1. Color the solar system.

  2. Discover highlights of our universe.

  3. Play an astronomy quiz game.

  4. Explore and memorize the names and order of the planets.

  5. Experience solar system orbits.

Minecraft Activities

  1. Students create constellations.

  2. Students participate in a solar system quiz.

  3. Students add features to the planets in our solar system.

  4. Build challenge: Create your own planet.

Fireworks/Quests

  • Make a model of Jupiter with all of its moons.

  • What's in the sky this month? Draw and identify what you see in the sky at night: http://www.nightskyinfo.com/

  • Make a comet: http://www.proteacher.org/a/35553_Make_a_Comet.html

  • Make an ABC book about space.

  • Read fiction and non-fiction about the space.

  • Using toilet paper, make a solar system model that approximates each planet’s distance from the sun. Planets, sheets of toilet paper:

  • Mercury 1

  • Venus 2

  • Earth 2.5

  • Mars 4

  • Jupiter 13

  • Saturn 24

  • Uranus 49

  • Neptune 77

  • (Pluto) 100

  • There are a variety of theories of how the universe came to be. Draw pictures to depict your favorite theory.

  • Do some online space activities:

  • http://amazingspace.org/resources/explorations/

  • https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/interactives/

  • http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/age/