Teachers’ guide to astronomy


Loads of exciting space news lately – from the Rosetta landing in November, 2014 to Stephen Hawking’s planned voyage to the nearest stars, there’s a lot of things to catch up with in the vicinity of our planet!

Space news can be a great way to catch children’s attention, so here’s a step-by-step with some examples to get you started on exploring useful educational resources that can be used in class to explore a variety of topics: STEM or STEAM 🙂

  1. Always good to stay informed

Space Awareness’ Space Scoops are brilliant ways to stay informed and share stories about space, containing a pack-full of space news for all ages – even though, between you and me, they are written in a brilliant, playful style, perfect for the 8 to 14 year old. Take your pick!

  1. Get some inspiration

There is a wealth of resources out there designed to include astronomy in your classes. You could, first, get children on an imaginary journey to outer space with this fun activity proposed by astroEDU. Or you could explore the Moon (courtesy of EUNAWE), and go even further.

If explaining black holes is a challenge, try this resource for primary school children from Science in School (added advantage: already available on our portal in 8 different languages and easily adaptable for older ages!)

You can even use real astronomical images to measure the dimension of astronomical objects; have a look at this introductory course about how to use SalsaJ in your classes, published on the Scientix Moodle.

  1. Share with your community

Or maybe you have some ideas that you have already implemented in your class or are waiting for the right time to do so? Why not sharing them with our readers so other children can benefit from them?

Article written by: Adina Nistor, Junior Projects Officer, European Schoolnet

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