Michael A. Maroun Elementary School students recently learned all about astronomy in their classrooms and outer space.
After they stepped inside of the inflatable planetarium set up inside the school, both students and their teachers alike joined the Earth’s journey as it orbited around the sun and listened to an Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services planetarium specialist explain day/night and constellations.
The 40-minute sessions inside the inflatable planetarium helped students better understand the Earth’s rotation and axis, as a short video clip showed the comparison of a pencil in the center of an apple to the imaginary line for which the Earth spins.
The students learned that as Earth rotates, daytime arrives for the part of the Earth which faces the sun and nighttime is when the Earth faces away from the sun.
The planetarium specialist used a projector to point out various constellations, which some teachers said they referred to in their classroom as a game of connect-the-dots.
The fun experience served as a supplement to the classroom astronomy lessons.
A part of the Listening and Learning units, students developed strong vocabulary skills and basic knowledge about planets, rotations and other astronomy facts.