A Walk to Remember (2002)

Concept featured in clip:Astronomy; comets; telescopes
Location of clip:

: 10 minutes before the end of the movie: Landon is in the Sullivan's back yard building Jamie her telescope. Watch for 2 minutes and 10 seconds to see the comet!

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Summary of clip: Landon is building a telescope in the back of the Sullivan's yard. Landon and Mr. Sullivan discuss parts of the telescope (mirrors, side bearings = an old phonographic turntable) and then we get to see Landon and Jamie use it to view the comet Hyakutake.

Connection of flickclip to the concept:This flickclip shows that a normal person like us can build a pretty powerful telescope. It also shows visuals of a comet during this clip, which some people will never see!
Suggestions to teachers:
1. As students watch the movie have them takes note on:

a. What the telescope looks like.

b. What the comet looks like.

Ask students if they have ever seen a comet?

a. If they have, let them explain their sighting.

3. Ask students if any of them own a telescope.

a. If they do, what have they looked at?

Questions for Thought:

4. How does astronomy relate to our lives?

5. Why should we worry about what’s happening so far away?

6. Have them split up and discuss whether what happens out in space effects us on Earth and report some of their ideas to the rest of the class.