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ERIC Number: EJ1115201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Embodying Earth's Place in the Solar System
Plummer, Julia
Science and Children, v53 n4 p52-61 Dec 2015
Elementary students find it difficult to connect the apparent motion of objects in the sky with how celestial objects actually move in the solar system. As a university astronomy education researcher, the author has been investigating methods to help children learn astronomy through workshops and summer camps at science museums and planetariums. In this article, she shares an investigation of the seasonal constellations that uses embodied learning strategies to help students with this complex spatial thinking. Students make observations of constellations using a computer program called "Stellarium," develop evidence-based claims that describe the pattern of change in the seasonal constellations, and make sense of their observations by modeling their own bodies as the Earth while it orbits the Sun.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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