3rd Grade Classes

3rd 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.  

3rd grade mini lesson options:

  • Day and night
  • Main planets & other objects in the solar system, including size comparison of objects
  • Sun
  • Cardinal points/compass
  • Rotation and Revolution of the sun, earth, moon (includes Day and Night)
  • Fulldome Presentation of Secrets of a Cardboard Rocket (approximately 20 minutes)
  • Comparing weather changes on Earth
  • Comparing landforms on Earth (tentative on upgrade of domes in Dec./Jan.)
  • Constellations and objects in the 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