Primary School Astronomy Lessons

How to develop an astronomy curriculum
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 11:55 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 9:55 p.m. - 10:05 p.m.

This report describes how to offer interest-oriented astronomy courses in Primary K3. Combined with nearly 20 years of teaching practice, 10 interesting and effective activity strategies have been developed to mobilize children's imagination in the classroom, arouse their curiosity about the universe, and stimulate their curiosity for knowledge. For example, ask children to give themselves "astronomical names" and ask them to remember difficult astronomical terms; By issuing "Galaxy Coins", children can collect "astronomical coins" with astronomical pictures printed on them, a
nd exchange them for astronomy books, movie tickets, game opportunities, etc. In some courses, we guide students to make "Secret Files of Mars", "Gas Mask of Venus", "Model of the Sun Structure", and also design games such as "Celestial Collision" and "Little King Tournament", and even use stage plays in astronomy teaching... We found that in the design of the primary school astronomy curriculum, through a variety of interesting teaching methods, it is more important to guide children to play and love
astronomy than just to impart knowledge.

About Geya Zhu

"Miss Zhu Geya is an astronomy teacher of Zhongguancun No.2 primary School in Beijing, China. She is full of enthusiasm and passion for education. Since 2006, adhering to the concept of ""stimulating interest, publicizing personality, showing ability and growing up happily"", Teacher Zhu has developed lots of astronomy curriculum and club activities, such as ""strongest brain"", ""little king tournament"", ""astronomical speaker"", ""star painter"", ""astronomical little lecturer""...She attracted almost all the school students to join the star-chasing ranks!

Miss Zhu has been evaluated as “Excellent tutor of astronomy” of Beijing for many consecutive years. She is also an “Excellent Science and Technology counselor” of Haidian District, and a member of Beijing Astronomical Society. "

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