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Night Sky Observation
Students explore space science by completing an observational worksheet. In this astronomy lesson, students view several worksheets in which students identify minor changes between separate images in preparation for real star observation. Students examine the night sky for homework and complete a similar worksheet identifying the real changes in the sky.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 13 Downloads
New Review Galileo: Revealing the Universe
To gain an understanding of the significance of Galileo Galilei's revolutionary ideas, class members watch the short video "Stargazing Before Galileo," and conduct a close reading of Galileo's Sidereal Messsenger. They then compare Galileo's observations of the Pleiades Group and conclusions with those images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the observations made about them in the NASA news story.
6th - 8th Science 12 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
An Introduction to the Night Sky and Movement Astronomy
Basically, this is an interactive exploration of educational astronomy software and an app. Young astronomers discover how the apparent motion of the sky relates to Earth's movements and the position of the observer. It is out of this world!
9th - 12th Science 27 Views 44 Downloads
Take Me to the Stars!
Eighth graders utilize research skills to investigate a constellation. They identfiy basic constellations in the night sky. Students construc a model of a planetarium and discuss it's limitations. They relate mythology to the early study of the stars.
8th Science 4 Views 11 Downloads
Exploring the Night Sky: Summer
Students explain how moon phases occur. They describe and explain at least two common misconceptions that people have about the moon. Students explain what a star is. They explain 3 ways that the night sky has been used throughout history.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 35 Downloads
Stellar Distance Using Parallax
As a follow up to the Kahn Academy video on parallax, this video focuses on parallax as it relates to astronomical distance. Sal uses cardinal directions and the seasons to orient students in the proverbial night sky. After providing a context he connects parallax to the trigonometric equations necessary to determine a stellar distance.
12 mins 11th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Which Way to the Ocean?
Learners study the nesting process of the loggerhead turtle. They watch a video clip that shows them how human influences, such as artificial lights, can disorient turtle hatchlings, which can keep them from reaching the ocean. They work together to identify ways that people can reduce threats to the loggerhead habitat.
6th - 12th Science 17 Views 61 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Dot to Dot: Patterns in the Night Sky
Sixth graders are introduced to several major constellations and locate them in the night sky. They graph the constellations on grid paper and work in groups to research common myths and stories associated with specific constellations.
6th Science 9 Views 47 Downloads
Middle schoolers complete night-sky observations to understand how our knowledge of the sky has been enhanced by telescopes. Students complete a timeline worksheet giving the history of telescopes. Middle schoolers then then make their own observations of the night sky.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
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 21 Views 225 Downloads
Using a Starfinder
In this starfinder worksheet, 5th graders construct a starfinder in order to determine which stars are in the night sky on a given date and time. Students use their starfinder to answer 9 questions about the stars and constellations, their location above or below the horizon, the Circumpolar constellations, Polaris and Orion.
5th Science 4 Views 22 Downloads
Stars in the Sky
Students inspect space science by creating an illustration. In this star identification lesson, students listen to a reading of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and complete an astronomy worksheet. Students utilize glitter and black paper to create an image which replicates the night sky.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 36 Downloads
Students are introduced to the concept of stellar navigation. Inside a portable digital planetarium they identify various stars that were used as a navigational tool. They go through several activities in which they attempt to identify their location on earth (in latitude and longitude measurements) using the night sky.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Introduction to the Day and Night Sky
Students explore space science by participating in a sky observation activity. In this astronomy lesson, students define a list of astronomy vocabulary terms and examine star charts of the four seasons. Students gather with their classmates for a night of star observations which they write about after.
4th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 41 Downloads