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Classroom Activities

On this page you will find classroom activities to use before and after your visit to the Planetarium.  All of these activities are stand alone and can be used even if you don't visit the Planetarium.  Please continue to check this page out for new entries.  As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

2nd Grade: 

3rd Grade:

4th Grade: 

5th Grade:

6th Grade: 
Asteroids of the Main Belt

7th Grade:
The Moon Dance

8th Grade:
The Moon Dance

High School Astronomy Classes: 


Games and Simulations: 
Solar System Simulator

Sea and Sky Games and Simulations

Physics Simulators

Geology Simulations

Infiniscope  Middle School and High School

Created by ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Infiniscope makes the vastness of space and space exploration inviting, accessible, and interactive for educators and learners of all ages for free. Infiniscope provides a virtual space to connect users with cutting edge space exploration experiences that inspire curiosity, excitement, engagement, and confidence. Infiniscope also offers an innovative new teaching network – the Infiniscope Teaching Network – a digital platform that empowers a community of educators to collaborate, create, customize, and share these next-generation exploratory activities.

OPSPARC Grades 3 and up
The NASA Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC), is an engineering design challenge for students to take the James Webb Telescope technology and repurpose it into spinoff technology and collaboratively work and document the process within a 3D virtual environment. The next challenge will start in the fall.

WHYVILLE Grades 2 and up
Whyville is a virtual world where students ages 8 to 15 play, explore, create and learn together. This free online learning world has 8 million registered users. 70% are girls. 60 percent or the online educational games have a STEM focus. WASA activity for space science concepts.