Space is such a fascinating topic for many middle schoolers. It is so vast that it becomes a bit hard to really understand sometimes. However there are activities that can add in their understanding. Students learn best through interactive lessons. There are a few key areas of Space Science to focus on.
Since time began people have been looking up at the moon, stars, planets and the sun. It breeds questions and thoughts. At one time humans thought that the world was flat and through understanding astronomy they came to realize that it truely is a sphere.
Although now there is much better technology, astronomers continue to discover fascinating new things about the world around us. Student's interests can be peaked by all of this amazing out-of-this-world information. Along with the concepts that are closer to Earth, such as solar and lunar eclipses, red blood moons, and blue moons.
This collection of resources is meant to teach students about some fun and interesting areas of astonomy. Click on the images to see the videos.
The Milky Way and Galaxies Astronomy Video from Freeschool.
A crash course in space for kids
You don't have to have an expensive telescope to see the wonders of this world. This book explores 50 constellations, star clusters, and more teaching kids what they look like through their small telescopes.
A 3D model of our solar system that glows in the dark just like our real solar system does.
Click on the images below to see more about each project.
This simple demonstration teaches how a solar eclipse works.
Mysteries about our beautiful moon. Is it made of cheese?
Below is a collection of great free printable resources. Click on the image to get them.
The phases of the moon are so interesting. This helps students to track these phrases and predict the next one coming.
Astronomy printables that make prep time fast and easy.