The Night Sky
A list with resources for teaching children about the different star constellations, planets of our solar system and other celestial bodies such as asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites. Including lesson plans, activity ideas and links to useful websites where children can look at constellations in the sky. Activities could be done in preparation for an evening session where children go outside for an evening stargazing session.
Links and Resources
Build a Solar System using mostly fruit. Encourage children to take an educated guess as to which planet each item represents to develop their thinking skills. A great way of showing the relative sizes of planets in the solar system.
High quality images of our solar system. Includes images and information on the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Earth’s Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites, the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud, and moons of the solar system. The images could be shown in class or used to research information on the different bodies in the solar system.
Learn about the Hubble Telescope and the sky at night. Pages 10-13 on the PDF show how to make a planesphere to view the stars at different times of the year. It also shows the shapes and names of many constellations. Children could research the names of constellations and make links to Ancient Greeks.
Produced by the Hamilton Trust, these resources give details of six lessons on space based on QCA scheme of work. This includes lesson plans, practical activities and all student materials.
The lessons are:
• Earth, Moon and Sun
• Day and night
• Eclipses and seasons
• Moon phases
• Star constellations