Do you see pictures in the night sky?


Table of Contents
Web Sites for grades K-2
Constellations of the Northern Hemisphere
Web Sites for grades 3-5
Constellations in the Southern Hemisphere
Lesson Activity 1 - Grade K-2
Constellations of the Zodiac on the ecliptic
Lesson Activity 2 - Grade 3-5
Links to Interactive Sky Maps
Software Reviews

Links to Other Pages

                            The Big Dipper is part of the Great Bear                      The North Star is Polaris - The Pole Star

Web Sites for grades K-2

Would you like to look into a virtual telescope and see the planets and constellations?  Learn about these things along with black holes, comets, stars, the sun, and the universe in the Astronomy for Kids web site.  This website also offers an animated view of the phases of the moon and a lunar eclipse.

If you were to make your own planet, what would it look like? You can build your own planet and make a solar system on  Learn about objects in our solar system and in deep space and take a look at space exploration.  Visit the Astro Fun Zone and play games and watch video clips of moments in space history.

Fly a Star Cruiser with Arty around our galaxy.  Travel to the nine planets or find out about the constellations and changing seasons.  When compared to Earth, how much would you weigh on other planets?  How old would you be?  How long would it take you to travel from Earth to each of the planets?  You can answer these questions in the Astro Ranger web site.

Visit the Fairfax County Public Schools Planetarium and take a virtual Orion tour.  Take a spaceship tour of a three dimensional model of the constellation Orion.  This web site also offers pictures of the constellations so you can see what they look like and why they are shaped the way they are.

Constellations of the Northern Hemisphere


Web Sites for grades 3-5

Do you want to learn about the pictures in the night sky?  Or are you curious about the position of the planets in the night sky?  Did you know that in certain times of the year you can see the planets? You can find the location of the planets and where to find them in the sky in the Astronomy for Kids web site.  The web site also gives you information on the planets, a monthly sky map to show you what is in the current night sky, and a section on sky wonders.

Did you know that the constellations in the night sky tell a story? They are imaginary stories made up by people over the past 6,000 years.  You can read stories about the
constellations and see what they look like in the sky in The Constellations and their Stars web page.

In Windows to the Universe you can view a sky map to see what is in the night sky tonight.  You can find constellations and read about their mythology from the Greeks, Aztec, Hindu, and Navajo people.

Did you know that there were 88 constellations?  Find a list of all of them, what they look like, their location in the sky and the stories about them from different cultures in Starry Skies.  You can also find information on other cosmic topics and fun facts.  

For great pictures and interesting information visit Zoom School.  It will give you information on constellations and other celestial bodies, like planets and meteors.  The website also gives ideas on craft projects and other learning activities.

Constellations in the Southern Hemisphere

Activity 1

 Look at constellations then connect the dots to see
what your constellation looks like.

For grades K-2
Science & Math
QCC's for first grade

Mathematics  Number Sense & Numeration
21      Topic: Counting
Standard: Counts by ones, fives, and tens to 100 and by twos to 20.

Science  Earth/Space Science

Materials and Equipment
  •  Computer, printer, paper, and pencil

Guide children in looking through a virtual telescope to see different constellations in the Astronomy for Kids website.  Then take a ride with Arty in a Star Cruiser around our galaxy.  When you are done, print out the connect the dot activity sheets and have the children complete them.
Assessing the Primary Learning Outcome
  • Guide the children through the different websites.
  • Ask open ended questions and answer any questions they ask.
  • Go over directions for the activity sheet and help them get started

Constellations of the Zodiac on the Ecliptic

Activity 2

Learn about constellations then make your own

For grades 3-5
Science & Language Arts
QCC's for forth grade

Science  Earth/Space Science
36      Topic:  Space: Astronomy
          Standard:  Compares characteristics of celestial bodies such as stars, planets, comets, moons, and meteors.

Language Arts  Written Communication
41      Topic:  Writing
          Standard:  Writes in a variety of genres to produce paragraphs and compositions.

Materials and Equipment
  • Paper, pencil, dice (star stickers optional)

Look at drawings and read about constellations in the Zoom School web site.

After you have looked at and read about so
me of the constellations, you will be ready to make your own.

    1.     Roll a dice and get two separate numbers.  If you do not have dice, ask a friend to pick two numbers between one and six for you.
    2.     Add the two numbers together and draw that many stars on a sheet of paper in the design of the constellation you want to make.  You can also use construction paper and sticker stars if you have them.
On a separate sheet of paper give your constellation a name and tell what your constellation is shaped like.
    4.     Below the name and object, write a brief story about your constellation.  What is it and how did it get in
the sky.

Assessing the Primary Learning Outcome
  • Help children with ideas to get them started.  Maybe show them one that you made.
  • Make sure children understand about constellations.
  • Remind children that the constellation they are making is from their imagination.

Would you like to view an interactive sky map?

In the Starry Skies web site you can view an interactive sky map and learn about stars and constellations.  Take a look at the stars of Spring, the stars of Summer, and the Autumn and Winter skies.

Softwear Reviews

Title of software program __ Paint_______
Published by _____Microsoft_____

This software was developed for the user to be able to create or edit pictures using the computer.  On the left hand side of the blank page is your tool bar and on the bottom of your page is your choice of colors.  Paint gives the user the option to draw freehand, using the mouse, or to paint by paintbrush or spray can.  There are templates you can use to help draw shapes and it gives you the option to put text on your picture.  I find it easier to play around with this software before I use it that way I become familiar with it before I start.  If a mistake is made, you can undo what you just did by going into the edit tab.  When drawing, I did not like how the lines  of objects were not clean, they looked jagged, or computer generated.  I also noticed that, for some people, it may be best to adjust the speed of there mouse so they would be better able to control the outcome of their drawing.

Title of software program ________Word________
Published by ________Microsoft________

This  software was developed for the user to be able to type letters or papers.  It offers the user the option to change their document into columns, add a table, paint a picture, high lite wording, change their typing into multiple colors and fonts, and many other options.  Microsoft Word offers so many different options and choices to change your setup that it may be a little intimidating for a new user.  For teachers, I think it would be best to teach young children the basics or enough so that they could type a paper on their own.  Margins, font, font style, and font size can automatically be set to the users specifications by changing all to desired setting under the Format-Font tabs then clicking on Default.  I think that this program is user-friendly, especially if you know all of its extras.

Title of software program _____Calculator__________
Published by ____Microsoft__________
MS Calculator was developed for the user of the computer to be able to access a calculator quickly and easily.  It gives the user a choice of using a standard calculator or a scientific calculator.  Once your choice is made then you can use your mouse to click on the numbers or you number pad located on your keyboard.  This program is simple and easy to use.

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