Overnight on Sunday (20th Jan), a rare super blood moon will be visible from the UK – providing a great opportunity to discuss space and all the weird phenomena out there in the universe.
But first things first, you’ll have some questions to answer, starting with – What is a Super Blood Moon?
A blood moon is another name for a total lunar eclipse, which occurs when Earth passes between the Sun and moon, casting a copper red colour on the lunar surface. The lunar eclipse taking place in January will happen when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth in its orbit; the moon will be bigger and brighter than normal, making it a super blood moon.
Take your lessons to outer space
With your class’ imagination captured by the super blood moon, why not have a space themed lesson?
You could use one of the space education resources we highlighted yesterday on the blog: https://curiositybristol.net/2019/01/17/your-one-stop-shop-for-space-education/
For youngest years, the Ogden Trust Programme Manager (and creator of the Ogden Early Years Science Talk programme), Kirstin Greygoose, has also recommended reading “The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark“ by Jill Tomlinson and having a look at a binoculars and a telescope to understand magnifying glasses.
Kirstin also recommends Jacqueline Mitton’s “Zoo in the Sky” – an illustrated guide to our most familiar constellations. And you can listen to the book being read on youtube:
Or maybe use the Ogden Trust’s key cards all about famous space philosophers to help your class think about exploration and how scientific ideas are formed and change over time.