students and parents

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5th Grade Teachers:  In efforts to create the best experience for your students we are offering you the opportunity to choose the topics discussed during your visit. Each show will include a student activity (gathering data, hands-on manipulation, reflection, etc.).  Please choose 2-3 mini-lessons from the list below that you would like the students to experience during their visit to the Planetarium.  Please coordinate your choices with the other teachers/classes you will be visiting with.

Please email your choices to Leslie Barnhill ( no later than one week prior to your visit.  If you have no preference and would like to have the same lesson from the 2015-2016 visit, please say so in your email. Please include what school you are from.


2015-2016 lesson:  Earth's rotation and revolution, plotting the seasons based on the sun's position in the sky, characteristics and comparisons of the sun, earth and moon, moon phases, lunar rock samples from NASA, portion of the fulldome presentation of Back to the Moon.

5th grade mini lesson options:

     - Characteristics of earth, moon, sun

     - Moon phases

     - Rotation and revolution of earth

     - Lunar Rocks 

    - Fulldome presentation of the Water Cycle video (shown in 4th grade)

    - Fulldome presentation of Field Trip to the Moon 

    - Fulldome presentation of 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 (The Astro Otter Fulldome Short Video Presentations of brief discussions of various Space Science topics.  Astro Otter asks his friends questions about various astronomy topics and his friends answer them with visuals created for fulldome planetarium viewing.  While the animation Astro Otter and his friends are somewhat dated and two dimensional, the questions posed are answered appropriately and vividly for either elementary or secondary students.  Teachers are welcome to peruse the library for the best mini-lesson to present to their students.  Please click on the link below to view the topics, descriptions and lesson length.)

ASTRO OTTER JUNIOR (for elementary students)

ASTRO OTTER (for secondary students)


Please click here to email Leslie Barnhill your choices no later than one week prior to your visit.  


We look forward to seeing you!


TEKS:  5:7A,B, 5:8A,B,C,D