Earth and Space Science

Shout Out for Circumpolar Constellations?

I need a science lab activity to teach the circumpolar constellations to 2nd and 4th grades. I will have 12 classes so I can't use a lot of materials unless it is something that students can bring in. Any suggestions?

Dianne Spencer
Dianne Spencer
1140 Activity Points

Hello Dianne-

You could have your students build their own "star wheel" (planisphere). I've used Uncle Al's star wheels with my high school students and 3-6th graders at a summer science camp. Uncle Al's star wheel is from the Lawrence Hall of Science Hands-on-Universe program. http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/starclock/skywheel.html
You could highlight the circumpolar constellations so that when they build the star wheel the students can readily observe that these constellations never rise or set.

I also found references to a "dipper clock" and found a clock (paper manipulative) you can build at this website:
http://www.starrynighteducation.com/images/free_resources/BigDipperActivity.pdf


Sorry the other URLs dud not work. These should.

This one the students would have to use at night outside of school.

Cris DeWolf
Cris Dewolf
11155 Activity Points

Cris neither of the links seem to be working

Would you mind checking as this seems very interesting

Pamela Auburn
Pamela Auburn
68505 Activity Points

Thanks for letting me know. They are fixed now.

Cris DeWolf
Cris Dewolf
11155 Activity Points

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