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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. 
Learners 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 identify the number 10 by completing a page for a counting book. They add the page to the first nine pages.
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.
Young scholars identify constellations in the evening sky. In this Sky Quest lesson, students create their own star patterns using a star map worksheet. Young scholars explain how different celestial bodies in space are viewed through a telescope.
Students 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.
Young scholars 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.
Learners observe the refraction of light through a prism to see the different colors of the sky. In this colors of the sky lesson plan, students also record the day and night sky over a period of a week.
Students identify the factors required for space exploration and the features of our solar system.  In this astronomy lesson students illustrate the position of different constellations. 
Pupils compare and contrast the various heavenly bodies found in the sky at night. They identify the moon and stars in the sky as well as how the stars form pictures called constellations. Students also experiment with reflection and refraction of light using flashlights.
Young scholars explore the topic of astrology and review the beliefs behind it. They read sample horoscopes. Using a portable digital planetarium, they view the night sky and the zodiac constellations. They examine and discuss the science involved in the practice of astrology.
Students investigate the concept of astrology and how it evolved from history. They use the Zodiac in order to find the location of constellations in the night sky. The differences between astrology and astronomy are compared and any misconceptions are addressed during the class discussion.
Students explore the major constellations. After reviewing the Earth's basic motions and their significance, students discuss the moon's orbit and revolutions. Using a Digitarium Alpha portable planetarium projector, they observe at least four major constellations and their location in the sky at various times and dates. Students predict the phases of the moon and examine a lunar or solar eclipse.
Young scholars study astronomy. In preparation for a field trip to a planetarium, students discuss the stars, planets, and light. They explore the importance of the north star and constellations. The Digitarium system is used to assist the young scholars in viewing the moon when a planet is visible shortly after sunset.
Students apply an algorithm to measure the distance to stars in the night sky. In this photometry lesson plan, 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.

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