DVD: "The Star of Bethlehem"
Just thought I'd follow-up on what I ended up using for video for our rotation on the Wise Men. I really wanted to find a video called "Star of Bethlehem: A Mystery Revealed with Jack Horkheimer", 899459002006.
I had it on order but didn't find out until too late that it was out of stock. I couldn't find it anywhere, new or used (at the time that I needed it anyway). So I ended up changing the workshop and using the Nest Entertainment video (because we owned it) for the 4th and 5th grade. (This was a 3 week rotation.)
For 6th grade I had someone download to a laptop (somehow, don't ask me how) the video (an animated slideshow "star.swf") that can be seen at the web site for the Griffith Observatory. With a borrowed projector it was then shown on a wall (we are real low-tech here!) Unfortunately the material at the web site was over the heads of all but the 6th graders. They did enjoy it though, and it sparked lots of questions.
Below are three different websites that I found were you can view this animated slideshow (I've posted all three, should any links go dead, hopefully one will still work):
There is also an excellent summary of the history and astronomy on the star of Bethlehem at: http://www.ccdastronomy.org/sc...20of%20Bethlehem.pdf