7 - 11 YEARS OLD
5E - Earth, Sun and Moon - Year 5
History of Gravity section on the website
and the section from Copernicus onwards could be very useful
the children the
flight profile movie
and explain that the same side of the Moon is always facing
fun experiment to do is to take an overhead projector and
give the children each a Moon template to draw on.
the projector on a football in a darkened room and have the
children sit in a circle around the ball.
Ask each child to draw what they see on their Moon template.
more modern version of this is to use a video or digital camera
(handing it on around the circle) to take photos of all the
viewpoints - what do you notice when they're printed out?
orreries is also excellent fun things to
do to get over the idea of orbit, relative size and movement
relative to the Sun. They can also see the change in shadow
if they're careful...