What are the Top 10 hands-on teaching(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

activities for young beginning astronomy

students? These activities must be hands-on,

instructional and fun.

Here's what I have so far:

1. Ellipse Drawing

Using pencil, string, push pins and paper

draw an ellipse. Accompanied with

discussion of Kepler, orbits, conic

sections, etc.

2. Angular Distance

Talk about how your fist, at arms length,

is equivalent to an angular displacement of

10 degrees and apply to astronomical

dimensions and scales. Part of "Measuring

Astronomical Distances." Also part

of degree-radian and s = r*theta discussions.

3. Parallax

Some kind of ativity to intro and teach

parallax. Something like holding a

finger in front of your face and closing

one eye, then the other to experience

and analyze the parallax effect. Use to

measure, for example, the width of a

doorway then apply to astronomical entity.

4-10..... any other ideas like the above

come to mind??

Thanks

Chris

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