posted by: krueff
Day 3 of Astro Week in Mrs. Haven’s 2nd grade class at Stanley Clark!
Hello Out There Planets!
The students competed in two teams to accurately measure out the distances (using scientific methods of steps in a row) and once all the planets were set, including the Sun, Asteroid Belt, and Pluto (which counted for all 5 of the dwarf planets), then the students played TELEPHONE!
I was unaware, but Telephone is a VERY popular game in 2nd grade, the students were not only very excited about playing, they were so excited WHILE playing, both teams changed the message both times we tried it….
1st Telephone Phrase: Astronomers reach for the stars
1st Answers: Team 1: Astronomers are rock stars Team 2: Astronomy
2nd Telephone Phrase: Neptune is Blue, Mars is Red
2nd Answers: Team 1: Mars is red, Neptune is blue Team 2: Neptune is blue, Pluto is red.
Again, the students wrote up on the board extra questions they had… One that stuck out to me was “Where do they get their colors”, which is a very tough question to answer and not go too far out into techinical terms of chemistry.
Tomorrow Shelley is giving a detailed look at THE SUN, and I’m going to show pretty pictures of galaxies. This is in attempt to touch on what Shelley and I do for research at Notre Dame.
We’re also going to play “Stump the Astronomer!”, where the students have been tasked with asking Shelley and myself the HARDEST astronomy question they can think of and try to STUMP us!
Tomorrow’s lab will be “Draw Your Own Constellation”, where we’ve taken a REAL star field and the students get to come up and think of designs that they can see in the sky, and tell a story about them….