Happy Birthday Dr. Tombaugh!
Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930, celebrated his *90th
birthday on February 4th, 1996.
See Kids' Birthday cards here
"Attend" the Birthday Party here
THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION:
ALL.....Students were asked to:
Research Clyde Tombaugh's background and the discovery of Pluto by using
library resources and online resources. There is also a commentary entitled
Clyde Tombaugh's Blinking
Persistence at : http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pluto/vol1a.htm (that is
THEN.....Students chose to do one or more of the following:
and other related info on the discovery of Pluto at Pluto Home Page
- Make a group birthday card which highlights Clyde's achievements or
contains poetic verse in celebration of his discovery of Pluto or have
students simply write a special personal message to Clyde! Use your
- Have individual cards created using a paint program (like KidsPix
or Paint Shop Pro, etc.) showing Clyde on the night of his discovery
- Students can create an acrostic birthday card using PLUTO as the key
word... or use a related word/phrase and decorate the card with images,
drawings, special greetings! ex P--perseverance and persistence in believing
L--late nights scanning the heavens
U--underworld -- Pluto is named after this mythical god
T--telescope.... "know your telescope" your slogan!
O--observatory at Lowell where Pluto was discovered
These acrostics can be generated on the computer through a paint
program or word processing program. Please print out your student's
work and have them sign with a special greeting to Clyde.
- Have students write an imaginative 1 page short story about their
own imaginary planetary discoveries and what happened the night they
became "junior Clyde Tombaugh's"..... what did they name their planet?
What does it look like? What struggles did they encounter as they searched
During the project, the Passport team saw to it that all greetings
and items were delivered to Dr. Tombaugh during a special presentation.