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, students must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the earth, moon, and sun system. They will make inferences and test hypotheses about the workings of a complex system and use models to investigate the natural world. We recommend using this game to help students explore connections between the earth’s movement and the passage of time as they manipulate the movement of the earth and moon and predict moon phases and seasonal constellations.
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.