Space | Week 1 | The Sun & Gravity

the sun & gravityPoem or Quote: Atheism is so senseless.  When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light.  This did not happen by chance.  – Isaac Newton

Constellations:  Big Dipper, Little Dipper, North Star

Craft: Rockets (Pinterest Rocket board)

Space Person: Isaac Newton – known for the laws of gravity (Wikipedia PageCool Kid Facts)

Movie: 2001 Space Odyssey

Planetarium Show:

Vocabulary Words:

  • gravity : the force of attraction between two objects
  • weight : a measure of the force of gravity on an object
  • escape velocity : the lowest velocity that a body must have in order to escape the gravitational attraction of a particular planet or other object
  • propulsion : the action of driving or pushing forward
  • solar : relating to the sun or utilizing the energy of the sun
  • corona : outer layer of sun’s atmosphere, visible during a solar eclipse, looks like a halo around the sun
  • sunspot : area of gas on the suns surface, cooler than the gas around it, helped prove that the sun rotates on its axis
  • solar flare : sudden bursts of energy in the form of fire that erupts on the sun’s surface

Video References:  Learn about Gravity with Dr. Binocs, Crash Course Kids, 4K footage of the Sun, StoryBots “I’m so Hot!”, Gravity Visualized, Escape Velocity,

Other References: Weight on other planets,

I’ve used this star finder before and loved it.  Once upon a time my roommates and I put the winter constellations up in our college apartment living room!