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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. A terrific science lesson, designed for sixth through twelfth graders. Note that the handouts are not included and that you will have to do an Internet search to find the videos, but there is plenty of useful material.
What is so great about Van Gough's Starry Night? Everything! Discover the curving lines and patterns found in the famous piece while discussing art terminology. Learners will discuss the piece then use ultra-bright colors to create a similar image. The drawing process is done in a specific order to ensure all children have a successful experience. 
Here is a neat way to study pattern and rhythm. Geometric shapes, lines, petroglyphs, and color go into some amazing renditions of the Van Gogh masterpiece, Starry Night. Learners create their art by focusing on one aspect of the image at a time and then filling in the details last. 
When looking up at the night sky, there are many familiar constellations that most people can identify. However, someone had to point those out and create the related mythology. Put your pupils in the place of the creators and invite them to make their own constellations and compose related myths to go with their constellation. The project brings together science and writing and includes a list of clear requirements.
Students explore space science by participating in a constellation identification activity. In this astronomy lesson plan, students view star charts based on the different seasons and define a list of astronomy related terms. Students practice identifying star patterns at night from their homes.
In this objects in the sky activity, students will compare what they can see in the sky during the day and during the night. Students will complete 8 fill in the blank statements.
Students explore space science by reading night sky related stories. In this astronomy instructional activity, 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.
First graders become familiar with customs associated with rice.  In this rice lesson, 1st graders discuss the importance of rice in cultures around the world.  Students create rice night sky paintings.
Students explore the nighttime sky. In this space science lesson, students read the book Maria's Comet and and investigate the sky using their naked eyes. Students compare the view of their naked eyes to the view of a telescope.
Middle schoolers study the history and cultural interpretation of a celestial body or constellation. They create technology based presentations of the information.
First graders reinforce concepts about sun, moon, day, night and sky by playing the Sky Jeopardy game. In the end, 1st graders get to nibble crackers in order to show the different phases of the moon.
Students investigate the galaxy. In this solar system unit, students explore stars and constellations. This unit is composed of two lessons and activities. Students investigate the life cycle of stars and constellations. Resources provided.
Ninth graders investigate how ancient cultures viewed their world in terms of astronomy. They read and discuss an informational handout, construct an astrolabe, and locate stars and constellations using star charts.
In this planets worksheet, students read a detailed 3 page text about the planets in our solar system. Students then complete 21 true/false and multiple choice questions about planets.
Students investigate weather. They record local weather daily to post onto a website, create a flyer about severe weather and weather safety, and develop a slideshow presentation about things in the sky and the seasons.
First graders explore completing experiments through the scientific method.
Sixth graders create a simulated constellation in a darkened room using flashlights. They discuss how light travels, and the distances between stars in a constellation. Each student creates a model of the constellation of Orion.
Students study about the phases of the moon and create a picture of the night sky. They use Super print or Kid Pix to create the picture. Students also decide if the picture they have chosen is good for seeing moon and stars or not.
Students are introduced to the branch of science known as astronomy. They discuss stars and constellations and then view the night sky using a portable digital planetarium projector. They identify a variety of constellations and discuss the stories behind them.
Use these helpful stargazing tips and tools to enjoy the night sky this summer.

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