It's full of stars

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TES Teaching Resource of the Year - 2011

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Using a telescope and considering how those early astronomers may have worked

Lesson idea. This session involves practical astronomy. It describes what you can expect to see through a telescope and outlines how a telescope works. This is session 1 of a series of 6 entitled Astronomy Master Class

Teaching approach. Astronomy(topic) has been practiced for centuries and doesn't require expensive equipment! This first session aims to train the whole class(ta) to use a telescope and, hopefully, to provide an opportunity to engage in some active learning(ta). The lesson includes some naked-eye observations and describes how modern technology helps scientists know where to look. You can explore the scientific method(ta) and language(ta) at this point, using targeted questioning(ta)/differentiation(ta). Students may be able to engage in an inquiry(ta)-based project around this work, perhaps for homework(ta). (edit)

Resource details
Title It's full of stars
Topic Astronomy
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives
  • Being able to set up and aim a telescope.
  • Understand how a telescope works and know some of the history of its development.
Format / structure

An 18 minute narrated screen cast which is part of the full, six hour 'Astronomy Master Class'. Also supplied as a Prezi and an Acrobat file should you wish to do the presentation yourself. The Astronomy Master Class overview explains how the resource was used.

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