School Shows

In My Backyard

In My Backyard

Title graphic for the planetarium program In My Backyard

Produced by the Calgary Science Center
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Detailed Description:
The program opens in a backyard scene as the sun breaks through and a rainbow appears. The colors in the rainbow are identified as it fades away. After introducing the arrow pointer, the program explores backyard scenes including a spider web and viewing animal tracks with a magnifying glass. Bird watching and gardening are described, and then participants count the ladybugs on a flower.

The weather and various activities of the summer, autumn, winter, and spring are described before a simplified explanation of why we have seasons is presented. Following the cause of seasons, the cause of day and night is explained, and the stars are introduced in the song "We're Going to Shine."

As the sky darkens, dot to dot pictures made out of the stars are used to introduce the concept of constellations. Several constellation outlines are revealed, and the audience is guided to the Big Dipper. The Big Dipper is expanded to Ursa Major, the Great Bear, and a story about the Bear is presented.

The program continues with the naming of the planets and a description of their motion around the sun. Shooting stars and meteor showers are explained, and then the moon is introduced in a song and observed with binoculars before returning to the backyard scene to conclude the show.

Related Files:
Star Clock (PDF)
Sun Clock (PDF)

Related Internet Sites:
Fred Penner's Home Page