Educator Resources for Chronopticon

On a routine journey to the 19th century, Tim and Moby lose their time machine! Their only hope is the Chronopticon, a mysterious Victorian device that may allow its users to leap across time. To make the machine work and get our heroes home, players must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the earth, moon, and sun system. Through five levels of progressive difficulty, players will: make inferences and test hypotheses about the workings of a complex system; use models to investigate the natural world; explore connections between the earth’s movement and the passage of time; manipulate the movement of the earth and moon; predict moon phases and seasonal constellations; compare the celestial sphere in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres; and have fun!

Constellations and Elapsed Time Lesson Plan: Chronopticon Game

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to calculate elapsed time in meaningful contexts and use models to understand that the rotation of the Earth causes the passage of hours and the day/night cycle. Students will also use interactive online game play models to explore the basic motions and positioning of the earth-moon-sun system and zodiac constellations, and practice telling time based on the position of the earth, moon, and sun. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Solar System Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about solar system and space. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Solar System topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more. See more »

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