Activities & Lessons
Welcome! We’ve provided a variety of learning activities to engage your child in scientific exploration of objects Up in the Sky. So, let’s begin!
Exploring Up in the Sky with Labs and Activities
Observe the Pattern of the Sun
In this activity, children explore the sun’s apparent movement across the daytime sky. Try to arrange times to observe the sun’s position in the morning, at noon, and in the afternoon on two different days. This activity takes approximately 10 minutes of observation over two days.
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Observe Patterns of Sunset
In this activity, children compare what time the sun seems to set in three different seasons. You will need access to a computer. This activity takes approximately 45 minutes.
Read About Things Up in the Sky!
Rain or Shine
Let’s read about the different ways scientists measure and study weather patterns.
By the North Star
Can you see the North Star from where you are? Read on to learn how to find North Star or other stars in the night sky.
How does your shadow change during the day? What is a sundial? Read on to find out!
Talk about what you learned about things Up in the Sky this week with your friends and family!
Keeping Up with COVID-19
To keep current with the science behind the COVID-19 virus, check out "Stopping the Spread of Infectious Disease: A Lab Activity Approach." You’ll find age-appropriate activities for your child to learn about stopping the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.