5th Grade Classes

5th Grade Concepts


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. 


5th grade mini lesson options:

  • Characteristics of earth, moon, sun
  • Moon phases
  • Rotation and revolution of earth
  • Review of Shadows
  • Overview of Planets
  • Overview/Review and a new look at Planets 
  • Landforms and what causes them 
  • Lunar Rocks (need time to procure from NASA)
  • Fulldome presentations (pre-recorded videos) (I can now edit to show part of movie or entire movie)
    • Earth Moon & Sun 
    • Water Cycle video (usually shown in 4th grade)
    • Field Trip to the Moon
    • Back to the Moon for Good: Google Lunar XPrize (in the past, we only have shown the first 10 minutes before it progresses into the parameters of the Google competition)
  • Constellation and objects in current night sky
  • Q & A (something specific or general student questions of the day)
  • 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