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Constellations Teacher Resources
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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.
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.
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.
Students review the zodiac signs and illustrate their movement using constellations on the wall and themselves to represent earth. Individually or in groups, they stand in the center of the room while a shadeless lamp is placed between the students and the constellations on the wall. As they rotate, they compare the constellations in front of the lamp with those behind it.
Pupils examine constellation myths. In this constellation myth lesson, students read "Orion, the Hunter", "Ursa Major, the Great Bear", and Taurus, the Bull". Pupils discuss similarities and differences in the 3 myths, create constellations, and then write their own myths about how the constellations came to be in the sky.
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. They identify interesting facts about the constellation.
Students become familiar with constellations. In this space science lesson, the teacher introduces constellations by showing students the star patterns and reading myths. Students, observe the stars nightly, then choose one constellation to research and write a report about.
Sixth graders examine the theories of the origin of the universe, the ideas held by the earliest of astronomers, planetary motion, and stars and constellations. Additionally, learners look into how space travel affects humans. This series of 12 lessons is well worth looking into, as the ideas presented, activities engaged in, and depth of study present is most-impressive. Terrific for young astronomers!
Students study constellations. In this constellation lesson, students find the definition of a constellation. They research constellations using Internet resources where they find the names of major star groups. They read mythology associated with constellations and compare coordinates for constellation with others in the class.
Students explore the concept of constellations. In this constellation lesson, students create a KWL chart about constellations and read a book about constellations. Students practice identifying various constellations and outline, cut, and paste constellations of their choice.