Sunday, November 23, 2008

Total Eclipse


We have recently began studying astronomy using Apologia's elementary book. It is just wonderful. Our latest experiment/demonstration was to create an eclipse. We are studying the sun. So we got out our globe. It is really just a ball that looks like a globe. It has been a great edition to our classroom for just a few bucks. Then we got our our moon globe and a flashlight (sun). We figured out that it works better in a completely dark room. We hung the moon on a string and passed it between the sun and the earth. Voila, an eclipse. It was amazing also to see the shadow the earth cast onto the wall/door behind it. I suppose the earth could be part of an eclipse on another planet, maybe? I guess so, if the orbits lined up just right. The kids loved it, possible because they got to play in the dark.

3 comments:

This Country Girl November 23, 2008 at 10:39 PM  

Very cool!

Tammy

groovyoldlady November 25, 2008 at 12:49 PM  

I LOVE Apologia. Their science materials are the absolute best.

The Whites November 26, 2008 at 8:59 AM  

What a great idea!

Mandy

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