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Sixth graders use the Internet to research stars. They discuss painting techniques that might be useful in painting stars and plan a painting of the night sky incorporating their research.
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.
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.
First graders explore the day and night sky. They complete a number 8 page for their counting books.
Students discover why stars can only be seen at night. They participate in a read aloud of, "Night Sky" by Carole Stott and, "Switch on the Night" by Ray Bradbury. Using the sky objects described in the readings, they brainstorm and list when each object can be seen. Then they create a simulated night sky using flashlights covered by construction paper.
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. A background in trigonometry would be helpful to comprehend the application of parallax.
Pupils 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. Pupils then then make their own observations of the night sky. Then they write a paper focusing on their observations.
Students reflect upon the causes and effects of light pollution in the night skies. First, they read articles provided and then do worksheets that are provided. They work in groups to discuss their conclusions.
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!
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.
In this starfinder activity, 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.
Fifth graders draw constellations in the sky and use the brightness levels of stars to show how big they are. In this constellations lesson plan, 5th graders describe what they see in the night sky by discussing the star's distances.
Learners 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. Learners utilize glitter and black paper to create an image which replicates the night sky.
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.
Middle schoolers explore the night sky and its solar system. Using a Digitarium planetarium system, students observe four constellations. They discover the phases of the moon and eclipses. Middle schoolers recognize the difference between normal and retrograde planetary motion.
First graders listen to the story, Olivia Counts, and demonstrate counting to ten. They make predictions, and recognize the day and night sky. They add page number 2 to their counting books.
First graders read "Goodnight Moon" or "Day And Night" and discuss what they see in day and night skies. They read and sing lyrics to the "Day and Night" song. They identify objects in the sky as day or night objects. They illustrate day and night skies.
First graders explore the day and night sky and complete a page for the number 9 for their counting book.
First graders read books and use the Internet to identify several constellations and stars in the night sky. They make star pictures and write a class report about the night sky including a title, complete sentences and a cited reference.
Students complete an in-depth study of the known planets in the solar system. As a class, students identify the planets that are known in the universe, in the night sky. They explain the differences between planets and stars and the prograde and retrograde motion of the planets.

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