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Students explore space science by completing an observational worksheet. In this astronomy activity, 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.
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.
Students 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. Students then then make their own observations of the night sky. Then they write a paper focusing on their observations.
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.
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.
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.