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Scales of the Universe Activities and Fireworks

September 9-13

Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Solar System

2. Key Points – Scales of the Universe

3. Collaborative - Constellations

4. Language Arts - Mnemonics

5. Math/Logic – Count the Stars

6. Character Connection – Fact Vs. Opinion

7. Big Activity – Phases of the Moon

8. Movement - Asteroids Game

Minecraft Activities

  1. Constellations

  2. Moon Phases

  3. Scale Model of Solar System

  4. Build Challenge: Make a Constellation

Upcoming Events

  • Disneyland meetup: September 11 – Our Universe

  • Thursday Park Days at Santa Ana Zoo:

  • Field Trip at Aquarium of the Pacific, Celebration, and overnighter at the aquarium – watch for details!


Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

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

  • Explore the solar system:

  • Choose an object in the night sky and observe it each night for a week. Can you figure out what it is? How is it different from night to night? Write about your observations on a Curate! Paper.

  • You be a "star." Write a poem, rap or song about an object in the universe. Perform it for your classmates.

  • Visit NASA Kid's Club:

  • Play some NASA games:

  • Memorize this song:

  • Make a constellation in a can. Choose a constellation and mark it on the end of the can and hammer a nail through each star. Then turn out the lights and shine a flashlight through the holes of the can to make a constellation on the ceiling.

  • Make an ABC book about space.

  • Make a comet:

  • Learn about Free-Falling in space:

  • Do some of the activities on the astronomy Web page by the American Museum of Natural History:

  • Make a model of the solar system.

  • Do a constellations webquest:

  • Watch “The Elegant Universe” by NOVA:

  • Read fiction and non-fiction about the space.

  • Play some math games.

  • Find objects around the house that demonstrate the proportional difference in size between the earth and the sun. Can you do this with all the planets?

  • What's going on in the sky this month?

  • Write a mystery story that takes place in space.

  • Write a song that will help you memorize the planets in our solar system.

  • Make a diagram of the planets. Show features such as mass, gravity, number of moons, etc. for each planet.

  • Do some stargazing. Can you locate any planets? Complete a Curate! paper about it.

  • Planets are spherical. Discover the math you would use to measure the surface and the volume of a sphere.

  • Let's say that you'd like to communicate with intelligent life from another planet. They don't speak English, so how can you send a message?

  • Make a quiz about space. Let your friends and family take it. See how many they get right.

  • Put Glow-in-the-dark planets up in your bedroom.

  • Build Your Own Space Mission:

  • Play The Magic School Bus Space Chase:

Field Trip Ideas

  • Go on a “space walk.” This is where the students walk a scale model of the universe in one mile.

  • Visit a planetarium and/or observatory.

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