Over the years, Nature-Watch has found many creative ways to help instructors teach children about nature... and this one is no exception! How do you educate children about constellations during daylight hours? Here's how!
We have created and professionally die-cut cardboard medallions with holes to represent each individual star in a constellation. When light shines through the medallion, the image of the constellation appears. This can be done indoors using a flashlight to make the constellation visible on the wall or ceiling, or can be done outdoors on a bright sunny day to see the constellation on the ground.
Constellations included are: Ursa Major (Big Dipper), Orion (the hunter), Leo (Lion), Pisces (fish), Canis Major (dog).
Great for children ages 7 & up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- "See" the stars during the day.
- Understand the role that stars and other celestial bodies play in our universe.
- Discover the mythical stories behind the constellations.
- All the materials you'll need for each participant to create and plant their own Constellation Medallion Keychain.
- Our Nature-Watch Activity Guide that provides everything instructors need to teach about constellations.
- The only materials you supply are pencils or markers and scissors.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
Content Standard D: Objects in the Sky. (K-4)
The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.
Content Standard D: Changes in the Earth and Sky. (K-4)
Objects in the sky have patterns of movement.
Content Standard G: Science as a Human Endeavor. (K-4)
Men and women have made a variety of contributions throughout the history of science and technology.
Specific (California standards):
(3.4a) Students know the patterns of stars stay the same, although they appear to move across the sky nightly, and different stars can be seen in different seasons.
(5.5b). Students know the solar system includes the planet Earth, the Moon, the Sun, eight other planets and their satellites, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets.
(8.4a). Students know that the Sun is one of many stars in the Milky Way galaxy and the stars may differ in size, temperature, and color.
(8.4d). Students know that stars are the source of light for all bright objects in outer space and that the Moon and planets shine by reflected sunlight, not by their own light.