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    A teacher I worked with had a rocket hung from her ceiling. She made it from a large cylinder (I think she got it from a grain and feed store)that she covered with construction paper. She made a large cone form poster board for the top and added fins to the bottom.

    You could also make each planet from paper mache and hang them from your ceiling.

    I am sure that NASA has a lot of posters for free or cheap for teachers.

    What about focussing on the constellations? You could draw one on the board each day and have the kids copy it into their star journals. You could also turn your ceiling into a constellation map. I have a couple of good resource books if you would like the titles.

    Have you ever had your local or college astronomy club bring out their telescopes for a star gazing party? Also check with you local muesem to see if they have a portable star lab. I was just trained how to use ours so I can check out this portable planetarium and use it at my school.

    I would love for you to share what you have done in the past. Astronomy is a new interest for me and I might use it as a theme next year.

    It sounds like a lot of fun! Good Luck!

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