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« on: July 01, 2013, 02:47:45 AM »

I am putting together a course on the Universe, and I just wanted some tips and advice.  Here is a rough draft of my planned course outline.  I haven't figured out the recommended length of how many times a slide should be shown, so any advice on that would be great. 

A.   Part 1 (introduction) (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
  a.   Famous people (astronomers)
         i.   Galileo, etc
  b.   Basic Space vocabulary
         i.   Universe
        ii.   Galaxy
       iii.   Star
      iv.   Planet
      v.   Comet
      vi.   Asteroid
     vii.   Meteor
    viii.   meteorite
     ix.   Telescope
      x.   Man-made satellite
     xi.   Natural satellite
    xii.   Astronaut
    xiii.   Astronomer
  c.   Planet Names
B.   Part 2 (Our Solar System) (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
  a.   Famous people (astronauts)
  b.   Our Solar System
       i.   Earth  facts  (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
      ii.   Mercury facts  (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
     iii.   Venus Facts  (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
      iv.   Mars Facts  (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
      v.   Jupiter Facts  (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
     vi.   Saturn Facts (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
     vii.   Uranus (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
    viii.   Neptune (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
     ix.   Dwarf Planets (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
      x.   The Sun (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
     xi.   Asteroids  (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
    xii.   Meteors and Meteorites (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
    xiii.   Comets (Insert number of days to show and start/end date)
  c.   Names of Telescopes/Satellites
  d.   Names of Constellations
C.   Part 4 (Introduction to Deep Space) (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
  a.   Star Maps
  b.   Parts of our Galaxy
  c.   Types of Nebulas
  d.   Types of Stars
  e.   Types of Galaxies
  f.   Specific Planetary facts part 1
       i.   Ordinal number from Sun
      ii.   Sizes of Planets in order
D.   Part 5 Deep Space  (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
  a.   Star Maps continued
  b.   Famous Nebulas (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
  c.   Famous Stars (Insert number of days to show and start/end day)
  d.   Famous Galaxies (Insert number of days to show start/end day)
  e.   Famous Supernovas
  f.   Famous Star Clusters
  g.   Specific Planetary facts part 2
       i.   Mass of planets in order (smallest to biggest)
      ii.   Number of satellites for each planet in order
     iii.   Length of planetary day
      iv.   Length of orbit
      v.   Surface Temperature
     vi.   Planetary types (gas/terrestrial)


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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 04:14:08 AM »

http://library.brillkids.com/download.php?cid=1&tid=&lid=&fid=3048

I did this one once, it has 10 facts for each planet including pluto. You could always incorporate it if you'd like it might at least save you from needing to research/record/find pictures for that part of it.

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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 11:25:39 AM »

Looks great!

Here is how I would do it.

 I would make one set of Planets EK facts, and using Linzy's one would be great (wonderful job!), then you can add facts to already existing categories! I would probably keep about 10-15 facts per planet

Then add general knowledge category-- where you can include basic space vocabulary and definitions with images. You can decide on lets say3- 5 facts per object/item/place.

Then you can have Astronomers, Telescopes, Constellations, etc in flash categories, that way you can still give a short fact about each, but they would probably dont need the whole category for each. So you can make one category with all Astronomers for example, all constellations, etc.

There are some awesome constellation categories that were created by MamaofWill!

NASA website have some great materials as well as some bigger observatories on line, you can always link to them!. And Encyclopedia Britannica Junior edition has great EK facts, I am sure you can use for putting together facts!

Awesome project! Keep us updated and let us know what we can help with! Make sure to utilize things already available in our Library, it definitely will save you loads of work! And I am sure other parents would be happy to share what they have.

I would rotate, based on Doman's EK method. Showing 5 facts for 3 days, removing one and adding one new one. Same can be done with flash EK categories. LR course feature makes it easy and doable!!

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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 01:32:23 AM »

Thanks guys that does save a lot of work. 

Skylark, I agree about the flashing categories.  Thanks for the all the tips.  I will keep you updated.  Someone suggested moon facts on facebook and there is a moon phase category already in the library too.  Yay!  I will keep you updated and when its ready, I will let everyone know. 

I love this course feature on LR!

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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 01:35:43 PM »

I suggested in Facebook Moon facts, facts about the satellites of other planets, Apollo expedition, expedition of other countries.

I think it's much better to do it by "layer", from general to specific. Specifically, it is important to drill the concept that space is up there and these heavenly objects are in it, far far away. Then, you can begin introducing these objects. I think this way the course is more useful and meaningful. Otherwise, merely reciting words isn't very useful or interesting. That's my 2 farthing.



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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 05:50:37 PM »

The Miles and Kelly books use these 100 topics for space (maybe you can get some extra ideas from the list):
Small stars; Life; Space suits; Newton; Nebulae; Extraterrestrials; H-R diagram; The Milky Way; The Universe; Black holes; Mercury; Copernicus; Day and Night; Moon landings; Constellations; Dark Matter; Orbits; Venus; Galileo; Earth's formation; Distances; Spacecraft; The Earth; Comets; Giant starts; Eclipses; Star brightness; Herschel; Rockets; Satellites; Hipparchus; Mars; Light; Magnetism; Atmosphere; Cosmic rays; Jupiter; Space probes; Hubble; Meteors; Pulsars; Elements; Kepler; Space Shuttle; Moons; Saturn; Space stations; Gravity; Light-years; Rotation Uranus; Solar eruptions; Jupiter's Galilean Moons; Tides; Binary stars; Halley's comet; Asteroids; Solar changes; Star birth; Neptune; Atoms; Observatories; Voyagers 1 and 2; Space exploration; Pluto; Einstein; Space telescopes; Radio Telescopes; Astronauts; Space catalogs; Space Travel; Astronomy; Stars; The Sun; Nuclear energy; Supernova; Red shift; Auroras; The Moon; Quasars; Space walks; The night sky; Water; Galaxies; Radiation; Mars landings; Telescopes; Star Charts; Planets; Clusters; Variable stars; Take off; Saturn's rings; Neutron stars; Years; Zodiac; Celestial Sphere; X-rays; Sunspots; The Big Bang

Okay, that's a long list, but they have 10 facts on each of the 100 topics, interesting things and all related to Space.

I was planning to do a course with the above list of topics, 10 facts each, but not straight from the book, I would have to shorten most of them.  I will first finish teaching the most basic or defining fact on each topic, then revisit each topic with the next fact and repeat.  I would also include revision cycles.

I like to work with the following repeat cycle;  repeat a new fact for 5 days review once 5 days later, 10 days later, 20, 40, 80, 160 (in my life 5 days is about a week worth of lessons, because we never do every day)  So I would typically start with 5 new facts, then add one new, abandon 1 old everyday.  I mix the new facts and the revision ones randomly with the rest.  It's been working well for my 2.5 year old, but I think the best is to experiment with your kids and see how they respond, 5 days for a new fact will probably be too much for most kids (they can probably do with 2 or 3 repeats only.)

Extra ideas for fast flash are, types of galaxies, Jupiter's moons, solar planet locations (compared to each other), Probes, Artificial Satellites, Parts of a Spacesuit or Space Shuttle - for fast flash somebody once told me not to flash more than 3 times each, but I don't know about that, I flash at least 5 times.

Good luck and don't forget about DadDude's presentations for some extra ideas, facts and images, he did a few space topics.

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