How Far is that Star?
5th Grade Program Description: This lesson uses the scientific method to guide students through an in-class experiment using flashlights to determine how the distance from a light source such as a flashlight or a star effects how bright the light appears to the observer. We can offer this program virtually by droping the supplies off with you and instructing the lesson over Zoom.
5th Grade Cross Disciplinary Concepts: Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort, classify, communicate, and analyze simple rates of change for natural phenomena.
5th Grade Vocabulary: brightness, distance, magnitude, position, star, sun
Science Standards This Program Meets
5-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
- Grade: 5th Grade
- Discipline: Earth & Space Science
Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.
About Wyoming Stargazing
Wyoming Stargazing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Jackson Wyoming that excels at making the often difficult to understand concepts of astronomy accessible to everyone. Our mission is to inspire and educate through Wyoming’s extraordinary skies. We offer public and private stargazing programs, solar astronomy programs, planetarium programs, as well as other indoor astronomy presentations. Our vision is to build an observatory and planetarium in Jackson Hole.View All Programs Visit Website
|Who||We work with all age groups from Preschool - Adults.|
|What||We offer engaging indoor and outdoor lessons that cover Earth and Space Science, Motion and Stability, Energy, and Technology standards.|
|When||Our classroom-based and planetarium programs can take place any time of year. Stargazing Programs are best suited for the beginning or end of the school year.|
|Where||We can bring our lessons to your classroom and our planetarium to your school gym, cafeteria, or multipurpose room. Stargazing can take place on any playing field near your school.|
|Why||Astronomy is a “gateway science”. It’s a hook that can get students excited about science who otherwise might never think about science as a career path. We excel at making difficult to grasp concepts about the Universe understandable for everyone and our portable space theater brings the Universe right to your students’ fingertips.|