ES Astronomy: Lessons 3 & 4

Lesson 3: Mercury & Venus. We did this lesson in one day (two different sittings). There really isn’t a lot of content for the individual planets, so there’s no need to give each planet its own week.

Books
*An alternate choice for Mercury was Mercury by Steven L. Kipp.

mercury birch venus kipp

Videos
Uncle Percy’s Adventures in Space: Mercury (DES+)
Uncle Percy’s Adventures in Space: Venus (DES+)
Our Solar System: Inner Planets: Mercury (DES+)
Our Solar System: Inner Planets: Venus (DES+)

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Lesson 4: Earth/Moon & Mars. We broke this lesson up into three sections, one for each object.  I did have several Mars books at the ready, but we ended up reading a magazine instead. Between it and the videos Bean watched, reading any general book on Mars would have been redundant. I did find a neat book about possible colonizing Mars (Are We Moving to Mars?), but we ended up reading only a few pages before Bean lost interest.

Books
*We read the January 2014 volume of Ask Magazine for our Mars reading since the main topic was Mars and the Curiosity Rover.

earth birchmoon simon

Videos
Uncle Percy’s Adventures in Space: Earth (DES+)
A Spin Around the Solar System: The Earth (DES+)
Uncle Percy’s Adventure in Space: The Moon (DES+)
Bill Nye the Science Guy: The Moon (own)

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