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:

  • Main planets & other objects in the solar system, including size comparison of objects
  • Sun
  • Cardinal points/compass
  • Orbits, Positions, Movements of the Earth, Moon and Sun (Rotation/Revolution) **Updated**
  • Fulldome Presentation of Perfect Little Planet **NEW** (approximately 25 minutes)
  • Fulldome Presentation of Secrets of a Cardboard Rocket (approximately 30 minutes)
  • Comparing weather changes on Earth **Updated**
  • 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

  We have purchased BREAKOUT BOXES this year.  We hope to be adding lessons as time progresses.  Please give me ample time to create the puzzles during this first year.


*Contact Leslie Barnhill at x7752 or for concepts chosen