ProtoStars: Planetarium show for Children K-2
Pre-Show Activity 1
Bringing the Solar System to Life

Objectives: Grade Level
Materials Procedure Follow Up
After returning to the classroom, demonstrate the principle just learned with the globe. Let someone spin the globe and walk around a "sun" to show "rotation" and "revolution". For children who have trouble keeping "rotation" and "revolution" straight, here is a tip: the middle sound of "rotation" has the same vowel sound as "day" and it takes the earth one day to rotate. This same type of activity can be used to show the relationship between the moon and the earth. Role playing is an excellent way to teach primary children and makes these abstract concepts come to life.
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