Ten Different Astronomy Worksheets
Ten different astronomy objectives teach kids the fun of watching the night sky.
Compare Earth's Rotation and Revolution
MatchCard #1: Contrast the Earth's rotation and revolution and the effect of each.
: Demonstrate the earth's rotation and revolution. Make a sundial.
Read More: Earths Rotation and Revolution
Planets in Our Solar System
MatchCard #2a: List the order of planets in our solar system. Compare each planet's diameter, distance to the sun, and orbit time.
Learn a neumonic to remember the order of the planets. Construct paper models of the planets to compare their size. Calculate how many birthdays you would have had on each planet. Calculate distance from the sun in astronimical units. Make a chart comparing size and number of moons.
Read More: What's in Our Solar System?
What Is A Planet
MatchCard #2b: List the three characteristics of planets. Investigate if Pluto is a planet or not.
Engage in a debate about whether Pluto should continue to be excluded from the planets. Demonstrate differences in orbits.
Read More: Definition of A Planet
MatchCard #3: Order the lunar phases chronologically and identify the type of moon at any time in the night sky.
: Demonstrate the lunar phases with a light source and revolving chair. Make lunar matchcards and line them in the correct order. Diagram the movement of the moon over several hours at night.
Read More: Cycle of the Moon
MatchCard #4: Explain the location of the sun, earth and moon during a lunar eclipse.
: Demonstrate the location of sun, moon, and earth during a lunar eclipse. Use a cone over a flashlight to show the umbra and penumbra.
Read More: Cause of a Lunar Eclipse
MatchCard #5: Explain the location of the sun, earth and moon during a solar eclipse.
: Demonstrate a partial and total eclipse with a flashlight. Play the eclipse paper plate game.
Read More: Solar Eclipse
Composition of the Sun
MatchCard #6: Describe the composition of the sun and stars.
: Play a guessing game. Do simple experiments with heat and light.
Read More: The Sun's Composition
NorthStar, Big Dipper, Little Dipper
MatchCard #7: Identify the constellations related to the North Star.
: Find the North Star, the Big Dipper, and the Little Dipper. With a sky chart, chart how the position of those two constellations move through the year, but the North Star does not.
Read More: Find the North Star and Constellations
MatchCard #9: Identify five constellations visible in the Northern hemisphere all year.
: Find 5 constellations on the workpage and in the night sky. Use a merry go round to visualize why the constellations change location. Learn the legends of the constellations.
Read More: Common Constellations
More Stuff In Space: Meteors, Asteroids, and Comets
MatchCard #10: Compare meteors, asteroids, and comets.
: Make your own meteors, asteroids, and comets.
Read More: Meteors, Comets, and Asteroids
MatchCard #11: Evaluate the size of our galaxy in light years.
: Explore the speed of light. Measure the location of the nearest star at a scale of 1 AU= 1mm. Make a galaxy in a jar and a nebula in a jar. Mix up some galactic putty and form the three different types of galaxies.
Read More: Galaxies
Make Your Own Sky chart and Sextant
Template to make your own sextant and sky charts
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