A Conversation for Why the Earth Has Seasons

Modelling the solar system

Post 1

Mund

A couple of years ago, I ran a session on the solar system for my kids and a few others (all home educated).

We had the lights and the fruit, but the best bit was to get the children to be heavenly bodies. The sun's part was a bit boring - we went all GCSE-limited and said she should stay where she was - but the earth-child wandered slowly round in his orbit while the moon struggled to run round him.

Accurate it wasn't. Useful it was.


Modelling the solar system

Post 2

Bright Blue Shorts

Now that sounds like the way to educate children. None of this Citizenship or end of key stage assessment stuff ......


Modelling the solar system

Post 3

Mund

We also made a slide projector out of magnifying glasses, a table light and a couple of laboratory clamps I inherited from my Dad. The projector was nearly two metres long, but it worked!

But there can be less inspiring days as well, I have to say....

Mund


Modelling the solar system

Post 4

Bright Blue Shorts

So what did you project? Please don't say it was just your fingers making spiders or butterflies smiley - winkeye

BBS


Modelling the solar system

Post 5

Mund

Nearly as boring, but it was a slide projector, not just a shadow system. We had a box of photographic slides - mostly wildlife - and look: there was an orang-utan on the side of the white wine box at the other end of the table.


Modelling the solar system

Post 6

Bright Blue Shorts

smiley - smiley


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