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Fifth-Grade Online School Program

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

Announcing the Griffith Observatory Online School Program for Spring, 2022

Unable to hold our in-person school program when the building closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, Griffith Observatory created a fifth-grade online school program that evokes the in-person program but reimagines it as a unique, virtual experience. The online program is composed of individual 30-minute modules (described below), each presented live, that deal with a specific topic aligned with the fifth-grade science standards. There are also guides for teachers and students specific to each of the modules. In 2021, the online school program served approximately 46,000 fifth-grade students. Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will open in September.

The Observatory’s fifth-grade online school program is funded by Griffith
Observatory Foundation. Please help the Foundation by making a donation.

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 and classroom materials may be found in the Module 1 Teacher Guide. The Module 1 Student Guide contains lots of related educational materials.

Download the guides here: 

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 and classroom materials may be found in the Module 2 Teacher Guide. The Module 2 Student Guide contains lots of related educational materials.

Download the guides here: 

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 and classroom materials may be found in the Module 3 Teacher Guide. The Module 3 Student Guide contains lots of related educational materials.

Download the guides here: 

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 and classroom materials may be found in the Module 4 Teacher Guide. The Module 4 Student Guide contains lots of related educational materials.

Download the guides here: 

Module 4 Teacher Guide 

Module 4 Student Guide

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