We’re focusing on outer space in class this term and the children are getting into self-directed learning. I lead workshops on research skills and the students ‘dive in’ to our information sources.
I made a collection of learning resources on outer space for children – websites, videos and lessons mostly suitable for learners their age (8, 9 and 10 years old). It’s OK with me that some of the videos and lessons are sophisticated – even if kids aren’t fully comprehending the content, they’re looking at graphics and laying a foundation for ideas they’ll grasp another time.
Please feel free to copy and use this collection in your own teaching and learning.
Caroline’s Super-Cool Space Collection
The size and scale of the solar system
Compare the size of the sun and earth, compare sun to other stars, learn about the relative size of our solar system. A video from Khan Academy.
Stars, blackholes and galaxies
How they formed and what happens to them (another Khan Academy video)
Why is the moon bigger on the horizon?
Have you ever seen the moon rising and noticed how huge it appears? Learn why it looked so big…
“One small step for man…”
Watch the film of when man first landed on the moon
These are real photos, taken by a hugely powerful camera.
“Twinkle, twinkle little star … you look small ’cause you are far”
Another way to sing that famous star song, using what you know about space!
MORE SPACE PAGES
Dig around and find out more on these cool space sites.
Astronomy for kids
A collection of learning materials aimed at kids your age
Watch impressive astronomy clips, famous NASA footage, missions to outer space, the moon landing, mars rovers, space shuttle launches, fun space songs for kids.
Our very local observatory in Auckland! Lots of cool information and videos
The Guardian – Space
The space reporting of a British newspaper. What happend to the Russian spacecraft? Do Mars astronauts risk brain cancer? Why is Saturn’s moon like a sponge?
Huge resource of information about space. This is not collected for kids, but there’s lots of stuff to interest you.
You mean you want more?! You are a spacey kid … here you go, get your head around this stuff!
How many universes are there?
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