THE UNIVERSE THROUGH A TELESCOPE
Come back to Griffith Observatory at night, and bring family and friends! The Zeiss telescope and portable telescopes at Griffith Observatory are free and open to the public every clear night, Tuesday through Sunday, until 9:45 p.m. (it is advisable to arrive before 9:00 p.m. to ensure a look through a telescope). A calendar of Star Parties and other astronomy events may be found on our website, (http://www.GriffithObservatory.org/programs/publictelescopes.html#starparties).
Find an astronomy club near you that sponsors star parties and let your students and their families know. A list of local clubs and more information may also be found on our website (http://www.GriffithObservatory.org/sky/skylocal.html).
INVENTING LIFE FORMS.
Students imagine how life might have evolved on planets with different conditions different from those on Earth. Begin by providing an overview of the different kinds of planets in our solar system and in other solar systems. Then, working in groups, students invent a life form that would adapt to the conditions on an alien world. Students draw a picture and describe the creature they have invented. In an extension activity, students write a story featuring the newly invented creatures.
The complexity of Earth’s water cycle becomes clear as students roll the dice and discover the fate of the Earth’s water in an interactive, role-playing game. Students “become” water as it moves through the cycle: ice trapped in a glacier for thousands of years, liquid water drawn up the roots of a tree and, through photosynthesis, turned into food, or water flushed down the toilet and into the sewer! Click here to view examples!