Teach Through Educational Travel: Prague’s Medieval Astronomical Clock

Download a larger image of the astronomical clock and share the photo with your class. Then discuss the following:
  • This is one of the oldest mechanical clocks in the world. Imagine life without any clocks. Make a list of all of the ways that you have depended on a clock today.
  • The clock kept track of the Earth and its relationship with the other planets. Investigate why people in medieval times would find that important.

  • Using construction paper and markers, develop a new design for a clock, one that is radically new and meets your needs and the needs of your friends. It can’t simply be a smartphone.

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Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.