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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
To many people a computer is a magical device doing wonderful things. However, they have no concept of what computer parts actually accomplish, This lesson has no pages for student duplication. Instead, this 39- page document is a.pdf file that
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Computer Science - Technology, Instructional Technology
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5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Multimedia, Minilessons, Clip Art
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
We are surrounded by sayings, adages and old wife tales that may or may not be true. There is one that deals with rainfall following a major phase of the Moon. In essence it says that more rain might be expected after a Full Moon and a New Moon
Subjects:
Graphing, Measurement, Earth Sciences
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities, Homework, Graphic Organizers
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
On a clear night one can usually spot 6 to 10 meteors an hour. Unfortunately, the best time to see them occurs during the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Since looking for meteors is at such an inconvenient time, another way of investigating them is
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Astronomy, Earth Sciences
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities, Homework
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
This activity has the student constructing illustrations to show (1) his or her position on the Earth globe depending on that person's latitude. Then a separate illustration has the student adding the altitude of Polaris to the sky dome. To this
Subjects:
Geometry, Measurement, Basic Principles
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
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Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
As a robot spacecraft, Pioneer 10 is a device that did its job years before students were even born (and a lot of teachers, too). It flew by the planets Jupiter and Saturn in 1973 and 1976 respectively. The satellite was intended to last less than
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Graphing, Astronomy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Handouts
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
Over a 5,000 year history 21 significant events in Astronomy have taken place. In this lesson, there is one handout that needs to be duplicated and distributed to students: a wheel time scale divided into 5 - 1,000 year increments. Along that
Subjects:
Astronomy, Ancient History, World History
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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Handouts
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
This activity is designed to prove why the Kennedy Space Center in Florida was chosen for rocket launches instead of any other place up North. The reason is rather simple. Because KSC is so far south, it gets a boost from the rotation of the
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Basic Operations, Geometry, Other (Science)
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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
Black holes are nature's giant vacuum cleaners in space. Once something falls into it, there is no escape - no going back. Even light cannot escape. Hence, black holes cannot be seen. The purpose of this activity is to understand why light
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Basic Operations, Astronomy
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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities, Handouts
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
Our galaxy is HUGE. There must be over 200 billion stars out there. The question could be asked is this: DOES LIFE EXIST OUTSIDE OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM? The simple answer is NO - we have not explored the Milky Way Galaxy, much less sent men into
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Numbers, Astronomy
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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th
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Activities, Handouts
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
One of the most useful graphs that astronomers use it the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram. Developed in 1911, it is a plot of star color/temperature vs. Absolute Magnitude (brightness of stars calculated to be at a distance of 10 parsecs). This
Subjects:
Graphing, Astronomy
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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
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2,000 years ago the Ancient Greeks divided up the night time sky into star groups we call constellations. We still use the groupings they invented today. In this activity, students will be given a star chart for the month of January showing 15
Subjects:
Astronomy, Oral Communication
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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When students see pictures of the planets in books, they probably see all of them bunched together with the Sun as a large sliver at one edge. Illustrations like this yield an assumption that we are this happy, close knit family of planets we call
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Applied Math, Numbers, Astronomy
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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities, Handouts, Printables
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
This an activity where students pretend their head is the Earth, a Styrofoam ball that they are holding is the Moon and a utility light mounted to the side is the Sun.. By turning on themselves to the left slowly, they will see the Moon phases
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Astronomy
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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
I have been teaching Moon phases for a very long time. Many of the worksheets I have seen for sale will combine a view of the Moon orbiting the Earth from a standpoint of looking down at the North Pole of the Earth. These same sheets also show how
Subjects:
Applied Math, Geometry, Astronomy
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Lectures, Activities, Handouts
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
When Nicolas Copernicus first theorized that the Sun was the center of the Solar System, NOT THE EARTH, complicated models of the planets were discounted. Putting the Sun and the center allowed astronomers to calculate the distances of Mercury and
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Geometry, Measurement, Astronomy
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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities, Handouts
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
The activity has students measuring angles and lengths to determine their own latitude. Measurements then relate to sunrise and sunset times. A brief usage of Cosine tables is used but DOES NOT require the student to have experience of
Subjects:
Applied Math, Measurement, Astronomy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 12th
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Activities, Handouts, Computation
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In the early 1600s, Johannes Kepler worked for a period of time on an island owned by the Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe. Tycho's palace included room sized protractors where very accurate positions of the planets could be observed. Tycho
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Basic Operations, Numbers, Astronomy
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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities, Handouts, Computation
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In the early 1600's, Johannes Kepler came up with his FIRST LAW OF PLANETARY MOTION - "The orbit of each planet is an ellipse with the Sun at one focus point." In this activity, students will create three different ellipses, each one slightly
Subjects:
Basic Operations, Astronomy, Decimals
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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Computation
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For thousands of years, people were confused about how the planets wandered among the stars. Mars, for example, would wander toward the West and then back up for a period of time only to move slowly toward the West again. In this activity students
Subjects:
Graphing, Astronomy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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Activities, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
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By Mike Ryan's Astronomy activities
This is an activity in conjunction with the STAR CHART OF THE NORTHERN SKY, available for purchase by Michael F. Ryan. Students are taught that the ancient Greeks decided to imagine that the constellation of Ursa Major was a giant bear in the sky.
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Astronomy, Ancient History
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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Activities
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduated from Buffalo State College in 1964. Taught Physics at Miami Edison Sr. H.S. from 1964 to 1071. Taught Physics and Astronomy at Eustis H.S from 1971 t0 1976. In 1972, I was selected by the National Science Foundation to attend a six-week graduate summer institute at Sam Houston State University. The following summer I was asked back to serve as an assistant instructor for the same program. In 1976, I was chosen to be the director of the Lake County Schools Planetarium in Howey In The Hills, Florida. I ran that facility for 15 years where I saw 12,000 students a year in a field trip opportunity.. A minor recession in Florida closed the star theater in 1991. I then taught teachers computer applications until I retired in 2006 after teaching in Florida schools for 42 years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

When I went to Sam Houston University to learn Astronomy, I mentioned to Dr. Charles Manka, the head of the Physics Department that they had "thrown the book at me" with graduate level astronomy. Somehow in the back of my mind, I expected that they would tell us how to teach astronomy at my level. His answer to me was that it was going to be my responsibility to take what I had learned an adapt to the subject area I was teaching. I took Dr. Manka's advice to heart and returned home. In the next couple of decades I wrote astronomy activities for secondary students. Then I authored a second activity guide for elementary students.. I sold these books at science teacher conferences in Florida. For 15 years I had the job of a lifetime - Director of the Lake County School System Planetarium. Wrote shows, photographed slides, programed slide automation, designed optical special effects, and saw 12,000 kids a year who would come to the star theater as a field trip experience. Since I retired in 2006, the Astronomy Activity Guides have been sitting on my book case gathering dust. My daughter, Diana Ryan, recently told me about Teachers Pay Teachers web site. Having joined, I have adapted these activities and offer them for sale at very low prices.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Selected Star Teacher of the Year in 1968. FL Chamber of Commerce President Award 1968-69 Dade County Education Association Past President Award by Southeastern Planetarium Society 1982 NASA Teacher Award 1985 for NEWMAST summer program Selected as Charter Fellow in 1988 by International Planetarium Soc. 25 yr award for being Voice of the Panthers - Eustis High School 1992 City of Eustis Award 1990 for Washington Parade theme design Florida State Science Fair Teacher Award 1994

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor Degree - Physics Major Math Minor Buffalo State 1964 Physics Teacher Miami Edison Sr High 1964-1971 Physics Teacher Eustis High School 1971-1976 Graduate Astronomy education Sam Houston St. Univ 1972 & 1973 Selected as District Planetarium Instructor Lake County 1976 Curriculum Fair Science Manager Lake County 1988-1994 Adjunct Professor of Astronomy Lake Sumter CC 1990-1998 District Computer Education Teacher 1991-2006 State Science Fair Judge 2016 & 2017

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. When I got my college degree in 1964, i had enough of winter snow and accepted a teaching position at Miami Edison Sr. High. It took me 7 years to figure out that i REALLY did not want any part of Miami and I moved to Central Florida (Lake County) in 1971. I have a daughter, Diana Ryan (who I named for the goddess of the Moon) who has followed me in the education sphere. After graduating from college she taught in Lake County for nine years before being lured away by a major software group where she now travels the country running inservice on the product. Now retired, I am into genealogy and have hand painted over 140 family coats of arms for friends and family. I live in Tavares, FL.

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