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Fifth-Grade Online School Program

A live, online experience that engages students in the wonder of observation and astronomy.

Registration is open for Fall 2022!

Developed in consultation with educators to meet fifth-grade science standards, the Griffith Observatory Online School Program is a series of modules (described below) each composed of live, recorded, and animated elements as well as live Q&A opportunities. The modules are each hosted and presented live by engaging Observatory Museum Guides and Telescope Demonstrators.

Developed by necessity due to the pandemic, our Online School Program enables students to have a meaningful, virtual Observatory experience.  As with our signature in-person school program, the Online School Program is free to students and schools. The online format removes transportation and geographic barriers to participation and enables the program to serve a much broader audience of students. In the 2021-22 school year, the program provided 118,000 student interactions with 92 percent of participating schools being Title 1 eligible. Schools with limited access to science outreach initiatives are especially encouraged to register.

The Observatory’s fifth-grade Online School Program is funded by Griffith Observatory Foundation. By making a donation today, you help the Foundation support Griffith Observatory’s mission of inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.

Online School Program Modules

Module 1: Everyone Is an Observer

Everyone Is an Observer plants the notion that we are all observers all the time and immerses students in the long tradition of observing with the help of Griffith Observatory’s instruments.

More program information, classroom materials, and other educational materials may be found in teacher and student guides below.

Module 1 Teacher Guide

Module 1 Student Guide

Module 2: Clues from Comets

Clues from Comets illustrates the importance of observing carefully and demonstrates modern methods of solving a mystery as cryptic as the nature of comets.

More program information, classroom materials, and other educational materials may be found in teacher and student guides below.

Module 2 Teacher Guide

Module 2 Student Guide

Module 3: The Search for Water

The Search for Water joins observing with exploring in a mission to determine what life needs and whether those conditions exist elsewhere in the solar system. More program information, classroom materials, and other educational materials may be found in teacher and student guides below.

Module 3 Teacher Guide

Module 3 Student Guide

Module 4: Exoplanets Are Everywhere

Exoplanets Are Everywhere reaches beyond our understanding of our solar system and into the realm of exoplanets: How we know these outer-worlds are there, why some may be habitable, and what these strange places may look like.

More program information, classroom materials, and other educational materials may be found in teacher and student guides below. 

Module 4 Teacher Guide

Module 4 Student Guide

Fifth-Grade Online School Program Registration Calendar

Hover your cursor over a date and time on the calendar below to check the availability for that session. Once you find a date and time that has enough availability for all the teachers and students you wish to register, click on that time listing to register for that session.

For questions about the online school program, please email online.sp@griffithmedia.org.