This week we started Unit 2 – the Big Bang. The kids were told to watch the video, How Did Our View of the Universe Change on the Big History website and I recommended some Brainpop videos (Galileo, Newton and Big Bang). I also sent them the easier versions of the articles since we have 9 and 10 years old in the class.
We started class today with a presentation on Ptolemy, Copernicus, Bruno, Tycho Brahae, Kepler, and Galileo. Then we watched a few videos on youtube:
Then the kids put together a lift the flap thing for their notebooks (that’s my technical term) with all scientists we had discussed. I made this up after looking at Dinah Zike’s Notebook Foldables. That book comes with a cd full of templates but I ended up making my own table. The kids had to match the name/photograph to the description of the person. And now that I look at the photo I see a typo, detailed observations, not details….
Then the kids had to cut out photos of space objects and put them in order from smallest to largest and a second set in order from closest to Earth to furthest. They seemed to have very little difficulty with this task. This is Activity H10, Cosmic Survey, that I got straight from the Universe at Your Fingertips DVD. You can also find it on the web here.