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Shout Out for Circumpolar Constellations?
Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:59 PM
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?
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Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:55 AM
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:
Sorry the other URLs dud not work. These should.
This one the students would have to use at night outside of school.
10825 Activity Points
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:11 PM
Cris neither of the links seem to be working
Would you mind checking as this seems very interesting
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Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:19 PM
Thanks for letting me know. They are fixed now.
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