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Here is an interactive book lesson plan through which learners explore the facts and stories about comets. The plan is comprehensive, providing background information, standards met, vocabulary, assessment ideas, and more. Though the content revolves around scientific facts, there is plenty of material here to create an interdisciplinary experience.
Students apply an algorithm to measure the distance to stars in the night sky. In this photometry lesson, students observe stars in the night sky as they measure the distance to them and to the cluster, The Milky Way. They apply the Inverse Square Law to complete the worksheet while determining the distances.
Students research the multicultural stories and artistic representations of the Sun, Moon, and stars. In this multicultural space lesson, students discuss the symbols and stories for the sun in various cultures. Students construct a stained glass Sun symbol and design symbols of their own. Students write their own legends. Students read the folktale How Coyote Arranged the Night Sky and assemble a story box for the story.
Students complete activities about Greek mythology and the constellations. In this mythology and space lesson, students locate Rome and discuss mythology. Students view a presentation about Hercules and view the constellations for Pegasus, Perseus, and him. Students visit a star lab and watch the Disney movie Hercules.
Students review the zodiac signs and illustrate their movement using constellations on the wall and themselves to represent earth. Individually or in groups, they stand in the center of the room while a shadeless lamp is placed between the students and the constellations on the wall. As they rotate, they compare the constellations in front of the lamp with those behind it.