Friday, May 22, 2015

Ninth Grade Astronomy Plan

Grace is going to be studying astronomy for her ninth grade year. I feel kind of relieved about that, because she has been studying biology this year and it is a tough subject! Not that astronomy is easy, but I was very into astronomy as a teen, so I feel much more comfortable with it.

This is the plan I put together for her, with her help. We decided on a spine, a hands-on manual, several reading selections, and a couple of documentary series.

* Main Astronomy Spine *


* Hands-On Observing *

  • Binocular Highlights: 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users - We already had this on hand, which is always a plus.  I plan to schedule one night a week for stargazing, using this book to help. We'll see how that goes! Staying up late isn't exactly my cup of tea, but I think it could be a really fun year if we were able to dedicate that much time to stargazing.


* Readings *

I plan to have her read through these books, one at a time, in any order she likes. I came up with a list of possibilities and she chose these six.



* Documentaries *

She would like to watch an astronomy-related documentary once a week or so. We'll start with these, then add others in as time allows.

And that's our plan for ninth grade astronomy!

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