Where Am I?
My Place in Time and Space
Have you ever been lost? What does it feel like? Being lost can be scary if you don't know what to do. What would you do if you were lost in a store? What if you got lost on a camping trip? What if you were in outer space? How would you get home?
In this activity you will be learning your address and your place in space. After viewing the video, The Magic School Bus Lost in Space, you will pretend that you are a student in Ms. Frizzle's class and help the class figure out how to get home. You will create your own intergalactic address book, so that on your next trip into the universe you will have a map to get back home.
Step 1 - The Magic School Bus Gets Lost in Space. Watch the video until the class gets lost and Ms. Frizzle disappears.
Watch the video from the beginning again, paying close attention to all of the places The Magic School Bus goes. Where did they start? What is the next place they go to? Keep a list. It may help you to retrace their journey and find your way home.
Step 2 - Brainstorm
First brainstorm all of the ways you know that would help you to get home if you were lost.
List all the places the Magic School Bus visited.
Step 3 - Listen to the story My Place in Space by Robin and Sally Hirst. List as many things as you can about the way Henry described where he lives to the bus driver. Add them to your brainstorm list. Henry lives in Australia. Do you know where that is? Look at the webpage About Australia (http://www.about-australia.com) to see a map of Australia.
Henry can give the bus driver his exact address. Can you tell where you live? If you can't, your homework is to find out your home address (house or apartment number and street name).
Step 4 - How do we know that the information Henry gave the bus driver is correct? First, we better see where Henry lives. Do you remember? Right, it was in Australia. Let's go visit the only country that is also a continent:
Step 5 - Where do you live?
Now that we know about maps, can you find a map of where you live? Here are two map programs that will do that for you.
Can you find a map of California?
How about the United States and North America?
Step 6 - Blast off!
Now we are ready to leave planet earth and take a guided tour of the Milky Way and the Solar System at these two sites:
Step 7 - Make your own intergalactic address book:
Cover - your name
Page 1- your street address
Page 2- your town
Page 3- your state
Page 4- your country
Page 5- your continent
Page 6- your planet
Page 7- your solar neighborhood
Page 8- your galaxy
Decorate each page with pictures of the location.
Step 8 - Take an imaginary bus ride around your classroom. Be prepared to be like Henry and give your full address to the bus driver. You cannot get on the bus until you tell the driver your full address.
http://www.about-australia.com Covers information on accommodations, attractions, tours, places of interest, culture, education, maps and weather.
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/ca_0.html Shows the following maps of California: Shaded relief map, County map, Northern California, Southern California, Satellite image, and PostScript map.
http://www.eduplace.com/ss/act/compass.html Children play a game using the cardinal directions to locate different objects around the classroom.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com.au/dest/aust/aus.htm The Lonely Planet is a virtual tour of Australia including the Opera House, Ayers Rock, the drama of the outback, the Great Barrier Reef, and the cosmopolitanism of Sydney.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/ Viewable and downloadable physical or political maps of the world are provided.
http://www.calmis.cahwnet.gov/file/occguide/CARTOGPH.HTM Find out how cartographers (mapmakers) help us get where we want to go.
http://dept.physics.upenn.edu/nineplanets/intro.html The Nine Planets is a collection of information about our Solar System.
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/universe_level1/milky_way.html This is a learning center for the young astronomer that covers the universe, the solar system and "space stuff".
To help you create your address book:
You will be graded by:
There is a vast universe that surrounds us and many ways to find where you are. Go back to the brainstorm sheet from step 1. Can you add anything to it? Is there information that you originally wrote down that is incorrect? Correct it.
What do I know now that I didn't before? What did I do best? What could I have done better? What activity did I like best?
Address: The place where a person lives.
Continent: One of the seven land divisions of Earth.
Country: A nation.
Galaxy: A large collection of stars, gas and dust found in the universe.
Globe: A round model of the earth.
Intergalactic: Between galaxies.
Map: A flat model of the earth.
Planet: An object that revolves around the sun
Solar System: The sun and the planets and other objects that revolve around it.
State: A territory of a country.
universe: All of the matter and space that exists, including countries, contenents, the Earth, our solar system, and the whole galaxy!
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