Anna Pollard
Tuesday 11AM (ET) - Fall 2024


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Astronomy (Middle School Science)

Why on Earth should we continue to explore outer space and Astronomy? What’s out there? What’s in space, which we cannot see?

Our God created it all. In this course, we will study the history of astronomy, properties of our sun, structure of stars, the Milky Way Galaxy and many other bodies in our solar system. Observing the night sky and seeing the beautiful world God has created will be an amazing journey. Get ready to enjoy virtual labs, web quests, hands-on experiments, and activities.

Grade Levels

  • 5-8

Weekly Homework

Homework will be assigned at the end of each live class session and will be due before the next live class. Homework should take approximately 2.5 hours per week.

Homework will consist of:

  1. Answering questions from the previous weeks assignment
  2. Completing experiment/activities(s) & submitting lab notes & a picture
  3. Reading about the “new” topic that we will discuss in our next class

Homework Policy

The goal of homework is to reinforce and explore the concepts that were taught in class. This is a core class and you will need to keep up with assignments. Contact me if your assignments will be late. I will work with you. Otherwise, 5 points off per day.

Additional Policies

Students should conduct themselves appropriately with their speech and texts during our live class. Students who are unable to adhere to this type of conduct may be separated from the class or removed from the session.


  • No prerequisites

Astronomy Curriculum

  • Textbook: eBook and all worksheets will be provided

Additional Supplies/Resources Needed

  1. Headset, microphone, notebook, a device (such as a phone-nothing fancy)to take pictures of your experiments
  2. Common household supplies such as (paperclip, scissors, soup can, water bottle, tack, rubber bands, glass jar, drinking straw, tinfoil, water, paper plate, cardboard, etc…)
  3. Please purchase the Science First Galileo Telescope Teacher Demo Kit

Syllabus Download

Astronomy Syllabus [PDF]

Course Outline

  • History of Astronomy
  • Observational Astronomy & telescopes
  • The sun (magnetic activity, solar structure)
  • The Milky Way
  • Planets
  • Small solar system bodies
  • Stars & Stellar Objects
  • The night sky
  • Constellations
  • Supernova
  • Black Holes
  • Clusters & Nebulae
  • Galaxies
  • Active space missions (humans, robots)
  • Astronomy and the future

Anna Pollard

Anna Pollard began her professional career in the graphic and web design industry as a Creative Director in the field of Informational Technology. She has a AAS in Commercial Art and Advertising Design, a BA in Computer Science, and a Masters degree in Business and Marketing.

After 15 years of professional IT work, she made a career change to share her technology knowledge with students and began a career in teaching for many years.

Anna is married, has a 27 year old son whom she also home schooled, and who is now a chef at a French restaurant.

Anna has adopted/rescued multiple cats and two horses. In her spare time, she helps with the horses at Love of Lacey Equine rescue in Bunn Level, NC. She is also a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and creates colored pencil art work for show at local art galleries.

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