Tailored Tours For the Curriculum
The above image was taken from http://www.sos.noaa.gov/datasets/
Whatever the topic of your science or social studies class, the museum will tailor the tour to fit the curriculum. Whether from elementary to the collegiate level, the museum staff will be an extension of the classroom.
Three Easy Ways to Introduce the Science on a Sphere to Your Class
1. Teachers may simply schedule a field trip with their students to see a program on the Science on a Sphere®. The Science on a Sphere® offers the students a unique and awe-inspiring way to visualize complex earth science concepts, such as climate change, weather patterns and plate tectonics.
2. Teachers may customize the Science on a Sphere® playlists for their own classes by providing the museum with the topic of their unit. Teachers can creatre their own playlist by choosing from hundreds of different data sets in the categories of land, oceans, atmosphere and astronomy. Teachers can email Matthew Parbs any vocab, activities, or lesson plans to be included in the presentation. The museum has tables, and teachers are more than welcome to use the Sphere room to conduct extension activities.
3. Best of all, students may create their own maps to display on the sphere and help to build the SOS database. How exciting it would be for students to see their own creations displayed on a room-size globe.
Teacher workshops through the Sangamon Country Regional Office of Education will be available to provide the training for teachers who want to utilize this resource.
Teacher workshops through the Sangamon Country Regional Office of Education are available to provide training for teachers who want to utilize this resource. Sample workshop topics include: Creating playlists for the Science on a Sphere; Creating original maps; Overview of the National Museum of Surveying.
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Educational Links for the Sphere and Extension Activities
NOAA Science on a Sphere teacher resources
Earth Science Lessons and Activities
NOAA Activities for Weather: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/reachout/kidspage.shtml
NASA Activities for Kids: http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/
Astronomy Lessons and Activities
A list of sites for students to explore the Amazing Space: http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/index.shtml
A great interdisciplinary lesson plan for math and science teachers about the math of Black Holes created by NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/377674main_Black_Hole_Math.pdf