Watumull Planetarium Programs for School Groups

Planetarium Programs

Note: We will close the Watumull Planetarium on Tuesday September 4, 2012 for a three-month renovation that will result in a fresh new star theater reopening in December 2012.

Planetarium programs for grades Pre-K through 3rd Grade

GRADES PRE K – 3: Stories Under the Stars
30 minutes
An introduction to the night sky featuring constellation stories from several different cultures.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
SC.K.1.1 Use the senses to make observations.
SC.K.8.2 Identify different types of celestial objects seen in the day and night sky.
SC.2.1.1 Develop predictions based on observations.
SC.3.8.4 Describe that constellations stay the same, though they “appear” to move across the night sky.

Language Arts:
LA K.3.1 Retell familiar stories, using beginning, middle, and ending 

Social Sciences
SS.1.6.1 Describe ways in which own and other cultures express cultural beliefs and practices through stories and/or legends 

GRADES PRE K TO 3: Up In the Sky
30 minutes
This live program provides a general introduction to the sky.  We describe and identify sun, moon, planets and constellations, in the planetarium sky. We also explore daily motion and how constellations stay the same even as they appear to move as the sky turns.   The program also includes some storytelling and mythology.

HCPS III– Benchmarks
Science:
SC.K.1.1 Use the senses to make observations.
SC.K.8.2 Identify different types of celestial objects seen in the day and night sky.
SC.3.8.3 Safely observe and describe the basic movements of the sun and moon.
SC.3.8.4 Describe that constellations stay the same, though they “appear” to move across the night sky.

Planetarium Programs for grades 4 – 12

GRADES 4 TO 12: Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars 45 minutes
Explorers of PolynesiaWayfinders, a brand new fulldome program, puts you on the deck of the vayoaging canoe Hōkūle‘a as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation and find your way to Tahiti from Hawai‘i. Produced by Bishop Museum in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
SC.4.2.1 Describe how the use of technology has influenced the economy, demographics and environment of Hawai‘i.
SC.6.2.1 Explain how technology has an impact on society and science.

Social Studies:
SS.4.3.1 Explain the origins and culture of early Hawaiians. 
SS.4.3.4 Describe the theories of early migrations from parts of Polynesia to Hawaii, including migration myths and legends. 
SS.4.7.1 Identify the major geographic characteristics and demographics of the pre-contact Hawaiian archipelago, including its relative location to other major land masses. 

GRADES 4 TO 12: New Horizons 40 minutes
Journey to the PlanetsFind the planets in the current night sky and learn how they are different from the stars. Then take a tour of the planets through the solar system as seen by NASA spacecraft.


HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
SC.5.8.1 Describe the relationship (size and distance) of Earth to other components in the solar system.
SC.8.8.10 Compare the characteristics and movement patterns of the planets in our solar system.


GRADE4 TO 12: Sky Tonight/Space Update 30 minutes
Go on a tour of the current night sky. The program also includes an update on current space missions, depending on student readiness.

HCPS III – Benchmarks
Science:
SC.4.8.3 Describe the relationship between the sun and the earth’s daily rotation and annual revolution.
SC.5.8.1 Describe the relationship (size and distance) of Earth to other components in the solar system.
SC.5.8.4 Demonstrate that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth on its axis 

SC.ES.2.4 Describe technologies used to collect information about the universe.

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