Living in the Milky Way

Get to know our galaxy with an astronomy-themed, hands-on activity. Scholars watch an informative video, answer questions, and construct a model of the Milky Way in order to examine its contents and the distance inside it.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Display finished products at Open House or Back-to-School Night 
  • Assign the link for learners to watch at home prior to conducting the activity portion of the lesson
  • Save time and money; ask parents and guardians to donate supplies
Classroom Considerations
  • Although the targeted age range is on the younger side, the lesson also works well with older children  
  • Have the video ready to play in full screen prior to the start of the lesson to avoid seeing user comments or recommended videos   
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Additional worksheets come in a variety of languages 
  • Provides background information
  • Lesson directions are clear and written in detail  
Cons
  • None
NGSS