May 1st, 2017
Waxing Crescent Moon

Guides and Handouts

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Before your Visit:

Prepare your class for your field trip by printing this exploration guide and worksheet.

  • Exhibits Exploration: A exploration guide and worksheet to get the most out of our new exhibit experiences. NOTE: This document will be updated and improved regularly, so check for changes before your actual field trip date. (pdf)
  • Exhibits Exploration KEY (pdf)

After your Visit:

  • “What Am I” is a PowerPoint-based introductory activity centered around the 6th grade astronomy core curriculum.
  • “What Am I” activity (pdf)
  • “What Am I” activity (PowerPoint)
  • “What Am I” key (pdf)

Build your own star wheel planisphere

Check out our Solar System Fact Sheet

Download our Solar System Fact Sheet. This one page PDF document contains all the comparison data you’ll ever need about the planets and dwarf planets in our solar system.

6th Grade Core Activities (pre- or post- visit)

Core 1 – Moon Phases

Core 2 – Seasons

Core 3 – Solar System

Core 4 – Universe & Distance/Scale

General – Size scale of planets and stars, images

  1. Ganymede, Moon and dwarf planets (jpg)
  2. Inner planets and dwarf planets (jpg)
  3. Outer planets and inner planets (jpg)
  4. Sun and major planets (jpg)
  5. Sun and other well-known smaller stars (jpg)
  6. Sun and other well-known larger stars (jpg)
  7. Really, really big stars (jpg)

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