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This activity helps students identify constellations in the night sky and understand the mythology related to the constellations. This works well with middle grade students but could be adapted both for upper and lower grades. One week (five class sessions) is generally required to complete the project. Students are excited to participate because they create and indoor planetarium bubble in which to observe the stars!
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Other
Date Added to MERLOT: September 10, 2007
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 16, 2010
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Primary Audience: Middle School
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Language: English
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Avatar for Maryanne Duttarer
8 years ago

Maryanne Duttarer (Student)

This is a great way for all students to learn about constellations, not just those who would come to a night class. It might even get them excited enough to go looking at night on their own.

Avatar for Vanessa Garcia
8 years ago

Vanessa Garcia (Student)

I think this lesson would really get students into this learning about the stars. 8th grade students would really be engaged. I wish my 8th grade teacher would have done an activity like this with our class.

Avatar for Joaquin Alvarado
8 years ago

Joaquin Alvarado (Faculty)

A very fun and hands on way to introduce students into the joys of star gazing.

Avatar for David Tinker
8 years ago

David Tinker (Student)

This activity involves constructing a miniature planetarium, using black plastic. It sounds like a really fun, interesting project. However, it would require a serious commitment in terms of time and space.

Avatar for Leigh-Ann King
8 years ago

Leigh-Ann King (Student)

"Wow" is right. I couldn't imagine taking on a project of that magnitude but it seems like so much fun! Makes me want to teach astronomy. I think it would be an excellent tool to reach kids, especially those in earth science/astronomy who either take it because they have to or because they think it might be an easy grade. Puts a whole new emphasis on the class.