students and parents

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7th 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:  Journey the Universe going from large to small (included galaxies, nebulae, stars), what makes earth habitable, visit of places in our solar system that may support life, International Space Station, future space missions.

7th grade mini lesson options:

    - Tour of the Solar System Review (this can be either a quick tour or a longer more in depth tour – you choose)

    -  More in depth look at what makes Earth habitable (distance to sun, atmosphere, water)

    - Look at other planets/moons that may be habitable in our Solar System

    - Discuss discovery of latest exoplanets that may be habitable

    - Manned space exploration and what it entails for man to travel in space (Apollo Missions, ISS, future travel to Mars)

    - Tour of the Universe (introduction to 8th grade)

    - fulldome movie presentation  of Oasis in Space 

    - Exit Ticket of some sore

    - 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 let me know if there are any other concepts that you would like for me to create a mini-lesson around or to discuss as I would like to make the show beneficial to you and the time spent away from your classroom.  I am open to all ideas and if I can create it, I will do so!  Please let me know what option(s) you would like for me to prepare for your school as well.

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:  7:8B, 7:9A,B