Mike's 2013 Notes

Activity Comments
Sunspotter Usage It rained the first two days of class so we couldn't use the Sunspotters initially. We did end up viewing with them but not in the fashion I had envisioned, I had hoped to have the kids in groups of two use the telescopes to measure and sketch the sunspots, but couldn't work out doing both this and simultaneously other stuff with the reset of the class. Maybe with enough Sunspotters we could have had everyone use them simultaneously, but not with 10 kids / telescope.
How far to the Sun? and Why do we need the Sun? Worksheets There was no time for these so were not used.
Observing the Sun Worksheet I don't recall exactly how we did the Sunspot measurements, from the paper or from the projection screen. Need to review this for next time. If you do the measuring off the paper you can use the scale one mm = 10,000 miles.
Earth models and length of the day This seemed really on the cusp of the students' capabilities, though several of the groups were able to get the 10h - 14h difference. Several groups had a problem keeping the axis pointing TOWARDS "the Sun" in the summer, and AWAY in winter. Probably would have been good to do some practice "orbiting" keeping the axis correct BEFORE trying the day length measurements.
Moving Shadows We didn't do this activity, mostly because we could only have recorded 8AM-Noon, and would have to guess what the rest of the day would look like. Might be a good activity if you could record in the morning AND the afternoon.
Recording Sunrise and Sunset positions  
Aurora video and discussion  
Lunar phases  
Phase recording with Stellarium  
Moon balls on sticks  
Moon images, Apollo  
See the moon in the daytime  
Testing understanding of Moon phases  
Revolution and rotation activity  
Cratering activity  
Eclipses and transits  
Diameter of the Sun