|We were invited
to meet with the Webelos (mostly 5th and 6th grade boys) at St. James Methodist
Church, in Montgomery on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 for one of their weekly
meetings. We had planned to have a classroom discussion to cover the requirements
for their astronomy belt loops and pins, followed by some time out under
the stars with the telescopes, but we were clouded out on the night of
the meeting. So, for about an hour and a half, we covered explained
and discussed the items below:
1.Set up and
demonstrate how to focus a simple telescope or binoculars.
2.Draw a diagram
of our solar system--identify the planets and other objects.
the following terms: planet, star, solar system, galaxy, the Milky Way,
black hole, red giant, white dwarf, comet, meteor, moon, asteroid, and
Earn the Astronomy
belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
1.Draw a diagram
of a telescope and explain how it works.
identify five constellations. You may use a telescope.
telescope, find at least one planet and identify it.
North Star. Explain its importance.
an astronomer. Learn about careers that relate to Astronomy. What school
subjects will help you get a job in astronomy?
observatory or a planetarium. Give a report on what you learned to your
7.Make a poster
illustrating the different kinds of stars. Include a diagram showing the
life cycle of a star.
some of the early space missions. Tell your den or family about one of
9.Find a current
event about a recent happening related to space. Tell your den or family
about this event.
chart to show the phases of the moon over a two-month period. Define a
report on two famous astronomers.
three major observatories on a map. Explain why these locations are good
to make up the stargaze at their father-son campout this spring.
Thanks to Webelos
leader, Allen Gilbert for inviting us.