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Students examine the stars and constellations. In this Seven Stars instructional activity, students manipulate logarithmic formulas to discover star properties. Students read the story of the Seven Stars in the Crow culture and discuss the brightest stars as viewed from Earth.
11th - 12th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Learners conduct their research to creating an artistic image that shows what their constellation represents. They demonstrate their ability to represent data in their own artistic manner. Afterward, they recognize constellations both alone as stars and with an image behind the stars.
4th - 12th Science
Students examine the various constellations they can see at night. After listening to an expert speak, they discover how the Earth rotates and how that affects the constellations. To end the lesson, they make a representation of their favorite constellation.
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Project: Myth Project – Constellations
Myths and constellations are often connected. Show your class the relationship between the two with a cross-curricular project. For the first part of the project, individuals research their chosen constellation and write a brief report about it.
4th - 6th Science
Create a Constellation Project
Provide your class with the opportunity to come up with their own constellation. Using a real star chart, pupils sketch out new constellations and label the stars with their real names. Individuals then compose myths about their constellations using the graphic organizer, making sure that their writing is original and clear.
5th - 8th Science
Perimeters: Which Constellation is the Longest?
High schoolers use diagrams of the constellation Orion and the constellation Ursa Major which show the distances between the stars of the constellations. They calculate the perimeters of each, find the average distance of the stars for each and determine which stars in the constellations are farthest apart.
8th - 10th Math
Make Your Own Constellation Myth
Students explore constellations, as well as facts and myths about them. They read three myths about three particular constellations. In groups, students perform activities and discuss how to connect the stars in a constellation. They name constellations and write myths about how the constellations came to be.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Aspiring astrologers select a constellation and research the story behind its name, how many stars it includes, which civilization named it, and various distance measurements. Every learner in the class will research a different constellation, so you could have them share or display their projects so that everyone is exposed to several constellations.
4th - 6th Science
Third graders discover the diversity in the 12 tribal nations in Montana. In this sun, moon and stars lesson, 3rd graders become familiar with different explanations from the Montana tribes of the origin of the sun, moon and stars. Students then identify constellations and learn stories from the Indians about the constellations.
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Birthday Stars
Space explorers take a virtual trip around the sun right within your classroom! They stand in a circle facing away from the "sun" (a lamp) in the center of the room. As they move according to your instructions, they view different constellations that you have posted around the room.
3rd - 8th Science
Create Your Own Constellation Mini-Project
When looking up at the night sky, there are many familiar constellations that most people can identify. However, someone had to point those out and create the related mythology. Put your pupils in the place of the creators and invite them to make their own constellations and compose related myths to go with their constellation.
4th - 8th Science
Students study meteors, meteorites, and comets by reading and discussing a related New York Times article about the Leonid meteor showers and the methods that scientists are using to study from these meteors. They create a comet in the classroom.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Legends of Stars
After choosing a figure from Greek mythology, middle schoolers design, draw, and color a constellation to represent that person. Additionally, they create a story to tell how the constellation came to be. This lesson is a great addition to your Greek Mythology unit, or in your lesson about modern myths.
7th - 9th English Language Arts
Science Crossword Puzzles: Constellations
If your class is studying constellations, you might consider this crossword puzzle as a light activity to go along with your lesson. Learners solve the puzzle using 9 given clues. You could have your pupils look up the constellations and clues online to complete the puzzle, or you might consider completing this as a class.
4th - 7th Science
Adopt a Constellation
Students adopt a constellation and find detailed information about their constellation. In this constellation lesson plan, students use the web to find information about a constellation of their choice. They identify the history of the constellation, the name, the type of stars in the constellation, the distance they are from earth, the magnitude and the color and surface temperature of each.
6th - 7th Science
Sky Quest: Exploring the Constellations
Students examine constellations and planets through completing various activities. Students work individually and in groups to create drawings based on stars, compare and contrast the night sky with and without a telescope and learn vocabulary associated with space.
3rd - 8th Science