Astronomy Unit Study

Astronomy Unit Study

I have been wanting to collect all my astronomy activities into one huge go-to Astronomy Unit Study post, and finally, here it is! We are taking a day off school today thanks to finishing all I had planned yesterday. Yay! The littles have a friend coming round, and the older ones are fan girling over some band they are going to see next week end. We are crazy busy tomorrow, so I am planning to spend today holed up in my bedroom school planning. I have loved being back to normal (non-exam) school this week and am excited to knuckle down and put together some ideas for next week.

Anyway, here are all our Astronomy activities and links in one place for easy reference:

Astronomy: Unit One – The Solar System

This was the beginning of a two year adventure into our solar system. The girls just loved this unit, with lots of hands on activities to introduce them to the fascinating subject of space:

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Design a rocket
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Model of the solar system
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Sticker solar system
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Balloon solar system

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Two – The Sun

The next unit was all about the sun. I even got the older girls involved by getting Charlotte to interview the sun (Lillie!). We finished off the unit by making some very accurate sun inspired cookies!

Astronomy Unit Study (Sun)
Showing how the sun moves around the rotating earth
Astronomy Unit Study (Sun)
Interviewing Mrs Sun
Shooting our own rocket using a bike pump
Making sun cookies

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Three – Mercury

Next, we learnt about Mercury and the girls had an enormous amount of fun designing a poster to advertise life on Mercury:

Making a model of Mercury
Making craters
Advert for life on Mercury

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Four – Planet Venus

Again, this was a fascinating unit on Venus. The girls learnt how radar worked and were surprised by its accuracy! We made lava trickle down our flour volcano and did some experiments to learn about atmospheres:

Learning how radar works
Volcanic eruptions on Venus
Showing the effect Venus’ atmosphere has on its temperature

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Five – Planet Earth

Earth was fascinating, and of course very familiar. We did a stack of activities, but the favourite was (of course) when they made a very sticky model of planet earth, which looked nothing like planet earth!

Planet Earth
Composition of air on earth
Planet Earth
An astoundingly accurate model of earth!
Demonstrating the importance of air pressure for life on Earth
Demonstrating the importance of gravitational pull on the planets
A simple teloscope
Building the Hubble Telescope

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Six – The Moon

This was my favourite unit to teach. There was just too many activities to describe – so you should just head over to the post!

Revolution of the moon around the sun!
Making an earth moon model
Making phases of the moon
Demonstrating how the sun causes the phases of the moon we see
Making moon craters
Exploring Apollo 13

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Seven – Planet Mars

Learning about planet Mars was just as interesting and as tasty. My girls love anything food related so of course they used lots of sugar to create some very realistic models of Mars Rover. We also made rust and created a model of a possible ecosystem for man to survive on Mars. Such fun!

Building Mars Rover
Demonstrating why Mars is a red (and rusty) planet
Building an ecosystem on Mars

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Eight – Space Rocks

It handily snowed around the time we did this module, so we were able to make all sorts of models of varying space rocks:

Studying the night sky
Made different space rocks and gave a presentation on them
Finding the asteroid belt
Space rocks board game

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Nine: Jupiter

The unit brought about the publication of the Jovian News; more edible models and a very nifty activity involving a model of Juno. We do like our models here at Angelicscalliwags:

News paper
Comparative models of the Earth and Jupiter
Making a model of Juno and demonstrating the magnetic pull of Jupiter
Creating a Jupiter like hurricane

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Ten – Saturn

Learning about Saturn, we made a messy non-edible model, made various rockets and did an incredible gravity assist demonstration:

Making a model of Saturn
Model of Saturn made from a tennis ball and CD
Make a balloon rocket Cassini
Test-tube rocket Cassini
Cassini and its gravity assist

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit Eleven – Uranus and Neptune

Again, much fun was had making yet another model comparing the two planets. Oh, and there was an experiment which included creating a stink bomb rotten egg smell to replicate these two planets’ atmospheres!

Uranus and Neptune
Showing Uranus rolling around the sun
Uranus and Neptune
Making Uranus and Neptune clouds
Uranus and Neptune
Re-creating the smell of the atmosphere on Neptune and Uranus
A model of Neptune and Uranus

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit 12 – Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

We were winding down at this stage, but we still managed to make a model (of course) and roped in an elder sister to put on a readers’ theatre play about Pluto:

New Horizons model
Reader’s theatre ‘Pluto is peeved’
Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
Mapping Pluto

Astronomy Unit Study: Unit 13 – Stars and the Kuiper Belt

The stars was our last foray into space. We made twinkling stars as well as various other demonstrations:

Showing why stars seem to twinkle
A demonstration to show the stars rotating around the earth

Interspersed between these units, w found the time to learn about how difficult it would be working in space, without gravity and with a space suit on:

Working in Zero Gravity

As well as doing an activity which demonstrated just how important flight path trajectory is to launch a space ship into space:

Flight Path Trajectory to the Moon

And lastly, we got Daddy involved as he and the littles designed and tested a lunar landing module. So much fun:

Lunar Landing Module


    1. That’s why we took a couple of years doing it! It captured their attention so I went with it 🙂

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