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Night Sky Observation
Young scholars explore space science by completing an observational worksheet. In this astronomy lesson, students view several worksheets in which young scholars identify minor changes between separate images in preparation for real star observation.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 12 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 3 Views 11 Downloads
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 7 Views 47 Downloads
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.
K - 1st Science 5 Views 7 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
Preschool Lesson Plan: Moon and Stars
Students explore space science by reading night sky related stories. For this astronomy lesson, students read the book One Round Moon and a Star for Me and other space science books. Students create cookies shaped like the stars and moon before creating visual art of a night sky with construction paper.
Pre-K Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 55 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 18 Views 222 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 7 Views 34 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. For 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
World In Motion Curriculum
Students 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. Students recognize the difference between normal and retrograde planetary motion.
6th - 8th Science 3 Views 14 Downloads