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Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon was born today.
|Grades||4 – 8|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
Annie Jump Cannon was born today in 1863. Cannon, who was deaf for nearly her entire career, studied astronomy in college and is responsible for developing a system for classifying stars based on decreasing order of surface temperature.
Turn students' attention to the stars by pointing them toward the StarDate Constellation Guide, Enchanted Learning's Constellation page, and Norm McCarter's Constellation Legends. After choosing and constellation and reading about it across multiple sources, students can share their learning by creating a trading card for their constellation using the Trading Card Creator interactive or Trading Cards app.
- International Year of Astronomy - Annie Jump Cannon
This website sponsored by the Museum of Flight offers additional information on Cannon’s career and photos of her lab and other related images.
- Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy
Learn about the American Astronomical Society award honoring Cannon at this website.
- Annie Cannon (1863 - 1941)
Cannon's page on this site is one of many profiles of femals astronmers, both historic and cotemporary.
- Google Doodle Honors Pioneering Astronomer Annie Jump
This website offers students an image of the Google homepage honoring Cannon, as well as a chance to take a Star Quiz.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students’ responses to this lesson will be out of this world after they’ve researched astronomy to write poetry and compile a poetry book.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
3, 2, 1... Blast off! Students learn new vocabulary by taking a virtual field trip to the moon, read-alouds, creating a picture dictionary, and completing a final writing activity.