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Kinesthetic Astronomy: Sky Time
This lesson teaches basic astronomical concepts such as the astronomical meaning of the day, year, and seasons through choreographed bodily movements and positions that provide educational sensory experiences. Through a series of simple body movements, students gain insight into the relationship between time and astronomical motions of Earth (rotation about its axis, and orbit around the Sun), and also about how these motions influence what we see in the sky at various times of the day and year. The lesson can be applied to understand the times of day and year on other planets (e.g. Mars). The lesson provides a set-up for understanding seasons and can be taught with or without an emphasis thereon.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
For the website: copyright 2005 Space Science Institute, All rights reserved. For the lesson document: copyright Dr. Cherilynn A. Morrow and Michael Zawaski.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-162
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Space Science Institute

Author: Dr Cherilynn A. Morrow
Space Science Institute

Author: Michael Zawaski
Space Science Institute