The WVHS Planetarium

Indian Prairie School District 204

District 204 Trips

The WVHS Planetarium strives to create memorable experiences that cannot be replicated in a classroom while being an extension of the learning in that classroom.

 
Each lesson is directly integrated into grade level IPSD 204 curriculum.

All lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and encompass the three dimensional learning of those standards.
 
Lessons are developed and taught by a certified science teacher.
 

 
 
Click on the tabs above to navigate District 204 field trip lessons. 
 

Each school year 10,000 students visit the planetarium for lessons. Below is a list of lessons by grade level with a description and science standard. If you do not see a lesson that will fit your learning outcome or if you have an idea for a new lesson, please contact the director stephanie_rybka@ipsd.org.
updated 8/2017

Special Education

The planetarium will create a custom lesson for any student group. Please contact the director for more information.

Kindergarten

Friendly Stars

***COMING FOR 2017-18*** Lesson will include WEATHER & CLIMATE

A friendly introduction to the sky for young audiences. Students observe one 24 hour period during which they meet the Sun and the stars in the night sky. The engaging lesson has students count, identify shapes, spell, sing, and listen to stories.

K-ESS2-1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

First Grade (2016-17)

Journey through the Solar System *2016-17 Curriculum

A lesson comparing of all the objects in the solar system. Students identify, define, and compare planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, meteors, moons, and more as they fly around the solar system.

First Grade (2017-18)

In 2017-18, the director will be working with the first grade science curriculum writing team to integrate a planetarium lesson into the new IPSD curriculum.

1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

Third Grade

To the Moon

A model of the moon its size, distance, and how we see it. Students identify the phases and describe why we only see the near side from Earth. Students the see the moon only as the Apollo astronauts have with video from the NASA missions.

1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

Second, Third, & Fourth Grades

Earth’s Place in the Universe

Our view from Earth is our window of the universe. Students will identify visible objects in the sky including sun, moon, planets, stars, and Milky Way while observing a 24 hour period. Students will be able to explain how and why we see things in the sky as a result of our location on Earth. Students will be able to describe light pollution and our human impact on the night sky and environment.

1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that the apparent brightness of the sun and stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth.

Fifth Grade

Sky Maps

Sky Maps are road maps to the stars and constellations in the night sky. Students learn how to use a sky map and practice identifying objects in the planetarium’s night sky. Students will also be introduced to the life cycle of a star.

5-ESS1-1 Support an argument that the apparent brightness of the sun and stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth.

5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.

Sixth Grade

Moon Phenomenon *NEW for 2017-18

Modeling of astronomy phenomena to explain the concept of light. Students will make observations and predictions to identify patterns of shadows and light for lunar phases, eclipses, and more.

MS-ESS1-1. Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

Eighth Grade

A Solar Calendar

A model of a solar calendar is created using the star projector. Students will make observations, predictions, and analyze data graphically to arrive at the conclusion that the seasons are a result of earth’s tilt. Changing the latitude on earth using the star projector, students will make observations of a night sky in the southern hemisphere and make connections between latitude and light intensity, temperature, and seasons.

MS-ESS1-1. Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

High School WVHS

Earth & Space Science and Cosmic Journey are two courses taught at WVHS in which students regularly use the planetarium as an astronomy observation lab. The planetarium has also developed interdisciplinary lessons for Physics, Earth Science, AP Environmental Science, etc.

High School MVHS & NVHS

Earth & Space Science courses at the other high schools in the district are welcome to visit the planetarium for lessons.

 

To ensure that field trips run smoothly and that all students have a positive experience, it is expected that teachers review the visit guide prior to the field trip. This visit guide will be included in the reservation confirmation and can be viewed here.


Important information for making reservations:

  • IPSD 204 students attend lessons at no charge.
  • Seating capacity is 75 total visitors.
  • All lessons are 1 hour in length.
  • Only 2 lessons are scheduled per school day.
  • Lessons are scheduled on TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, & FRIDAYS.
  • The planetarium is not responsible for the scheduling or funding of buses.

 

To request a lesson, DISTRICT 204 TEACHERS need to fill out the online form. Please submit your form starting on Monday 8/21/2017. Note: Forms submitted prior to this date will not be processed. Also, responses will be delayed due to the eclipse.
 

204 Planetarium Reservation Request Form

 

  • Lessons will be on TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, & FRIDAYS (no PD Wednesdays due to bus conflicts).
  • Groups with TWO LESSONS ON THE SAME DATE can alter the lesson start time. All lessons are 1 hour. The first program can start at 10:30, 10:45, or 11:00am. The second program would start as soon as the first is over. For example, 11:00-12:00pm and 12:00-1:00pm.
 
 
Please fill out the request form with as much information as possible. This will help when processing your reservation. Here are some helpful tips:

1. Requests are first come first serve. Dates go quickly!

 
2. Submit your request in August! Groups other than IPSD schools start submitting their requests after Labor Day in September.

3. Review the Visit Guide tab above.


4. Check the Calendar for availability OR provide a time frame (i.e. calendar month).


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Contact Info

Director: Stephanie Rybka

2590 Ogden Avenue (map)
Aurora, IL 60504

Office: 630.375.3247
Email: stephanie_rybka@ipsd.org

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