4th Grade Classes

All shows at the Planetarium are flexible and can be custom made to suit individual teacher’s needs.  We have a lecture hall that can be utilized if multiple classes want to visit and team teach with lessons taught by teachers in the lecture hall while I am teaching in the dome.  

4th Grade Concepts

4th grade mini lesson options: 


  • Sun (source of energy and changes of sun over time)
  • Fulldome presentation of The Water Cycle
  • Seasons (changes in the sky)
  • Predictions of Moon Phases
  • Constellations and objects in current night sky
  • Fun Review of Planets and the Solar System (new this year)
  • Identify landforms caused by weathering, erosion and deposition of water, wind and ice
  • Q & A (something specific, or general student questions of the day)
  • Breakout Box Activity (please contact Leslie Barnhill 3 weeks in advance for this mini-lesson)


  • Astro Otter Fulldome Short Video Presentations (dated/two-dimensional animation, but excellently tied to the concepts)  
  • Apparent Motion of the Sun
  • Objects in the Sky
  • Rotation and revolution
  • Sun Properties
  • Our Solar System
  • Space Exploration
  • History of Astronomy
  • Characteristics of the Planets
  • Spectroscopy


*Contact Leslie Barnhill at x7752 or for concepts chosen