Astro Gnome’s Astronomy Class

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Pulsars, radars and quasars, all supersonic sound,

In space, the Astro crew found,

It was easy even for a gnome to be a thousand feet above the ground !
There were lots of things to do, spinning around,
In weightless gravity, it was even easy to drop a pound !

Astro Gnome was the smallest member of the Astro crew, flying  

above the city,  

So it came in very handy, that there wasn’t any gravity !

On Planet Earth, Astro Gnome was two feet tall –

But on the other side of the universe, height didn’t matter at all !

In orbit, with no wait, even Astro Gnomes start to inflate !

Soon even Astro Gnomes are ten feet tall (I don’t exaggerate !).

Of course, gnomes aren’t usually known for being great astronomers,

Their skills at astronomering are quite anonymous,

But from the Moon, that the only way of getting home for tea !

 

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Big Bang Maths !

Astro Gnome’s theory of the universe, is that particles bounce off and collide into each other … which is a great way to learn multiplication with one another ! Imagine each of the following numbers represents a times table. Using a different coloured pen, trace which particles should bounce off and collide into each other. Eventually, you should end up with a number of multi – molecular chains. For example, 2 – 4 – 6 – 8 etc.

39      41      44      18      1      22      10      32      47      5      12

20      15      33      8      49      19       6       13      35      3       7

14       2       46     17     4         9      36       25     40      11    48

16      21      25     23     31      24      37      26      27     28     29

30      34      38    42     43       45      50      51      52      53    54

55      56      57    58     59       60      3       15       25     32     1

Teacher’s note – you could pin a number onto each of the pupil’s backs – then get them to form in the correct times tables when you call “Big Bang !”.       

© Jacqueline Richards 2008

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