University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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Hands-on Activities

Hands-on Activities

Optional Hands-on Activities

We offer optional hands-on activities that last between 15 and 20 minutes, depending on the activity and age group. Activities explore the following themes:

Earth's Amazing Moon (K4-G4)

Students use playdough to make an Earth and Moon system. Depending on their grade, students use different math and problem skills. This activity is suitable for up to 22 students per group.

Solar System to Scale (G2-G8)

Students are divided into groups to make a scale model of the solar system along the length of an indoor hallway. The students are given instructions on how many tiles they need between various planets. This activity is suitable for up to 22 students per group.

*Star Charts (G5-12)

Students learn to use star charts to more easily identify 5-7 constellations in the sky. This activity is suitable for up to 68 students.

Teachers Comment on *Star Charts

"The students really enjoyed being able to identify the constellations — something I'm unsure they experience living in the city." – Rae Anne Frey, G4, Milwaukee Academy of Science

"Very informative. Something they can take back to school and utilize in the classroom with lessons." – Harrer, G3, Atlas Prep Academy