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Students become familiar with constellations. In this space science lesson plan, the teacher introduces constellations by showing students the star patterns and reading myths. Students, observe the stars nightly, then choose one constellation to research and write a report about.
Students use a compass and their hands to find positions of stars and planets in the night sky or of the sun during the day.
These full-color handouts feature two activities. The first is a reading on comets, meteors, and meteoroids. Your space science learners will examine ten phrases and determine which of the three each characterizes. The second activity involves a Web Quest in which participants visit websites about black holes, gravity, and the use of robots in space exploration. These activities are most appropriate for your upper elementary scientists.
Students examine the various constellations they can see at night. After listening to an expert speak, they discover how the Earth rotates and how that affects the constellations. To end the lesson plan, they make a representation of their favorite constellation.
Students explore the concept of light pollution. In this environmental stewardship lesson, students conduct science investigations that require them to collect and analyze information regarding light pollution so that they may propose plans of action to reduce the pollution.
In this space science worksheet, students find the words that are related to the observations made of constellations and other related puzzles.
Students compare distances in space. In this space science lesson, students explore what a light year is. They create a poster advertising a transportation method that travels at the speed of light.
Students examine facts, myths, and legends linked to the appearance of comets throughout history. They explore various websites, identify properties of comets, describe the path of a comet, and identify a fact and legend associated with comets.
Here is an interactive book lesson 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.
Use the Internet and other reference sources to gather information on the Mars spacecraft. They create a trading card displaying information learned during research being sure to record all data and references used.
The use of metaphors really paints a picture in the reader's mind. Get your class using metaphors in their writing by studying them first. This worksheet has four simple metaphors, and the reader must identify which two things are being compared.
Students read stories about constellations. They create constellations by filling in the letters of their names on a test bubble sheet and tracing the design onto white paper. They make up stories about their name constellations.
First graders listen to the story Three Bears from the book, Three Tales of Three, focusing on the one-to-one correspondence while counting various items in the story. They create pages for the number 3 for their counting books.
First graders listen to the book, 1, 2, 3, To The Zoo, and focus on the one-to-one correspondence while counting the animals and other objects in the story. They create page number four in their number books.
First graders associate events and objects with day or night. They create a word bank and use is as a reference to create sentences about the sun. They conduct sun-themed experiments and art projects.
First graders discuss why the moon appears to change shape. They use flashlights and balls to simulate the sun's light shining on the moon during its different phases. They read books, paint pictures and write sentences about the moon.
First graders explore why the sun and moon seems to disappear and reappear creating day and night.
First graders read "Ten Black Dots" by Donald Crews and then create their own counting books focusing on the number 1 (one) and using yellow dots to represent the sun, moon and stars.
Students identify constellations in the evening sky. In this Sky Quest lesson, students create their own star patterns using a star map worksheet. Students explain how different celestial bodies in space are viewed through a telescope.
Learners observe the position of an object in the sky by describing its location relative to another object or the background, describe an object's motion by tracing and measuring its position over time, and create their own myths about space.