Objects in the Skyby: Francis Eberle, Joyce Tugel, and Page Keeley

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about when objects can be seen in the sky. Students’ explanations reveal their thinking about the role of light and distance in seeing sky objects.

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  • on Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:37 PM

n this chapter, students will explore objects that can be seen in the sky at night and during the day . The probe asks students to identify if the sun, moon, and stars can be seen during the day, night, or both and then asks them to explain the "rule" or reason they used to determine their answer. The chapter includes teacher notes and breaks expected prior knowledge down into elementary, middle school and high school levels. It details how to administer the probe, related research, suggestions for instruction and related NSTA publications and journal articles. This is an excellent probe that will help identify and correct student misconceptions about when and why we see objects in the sky.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Thu May 26, 2011 9:13 PM

Can really affect a student's conception of objects in the sky. Students are to mark a list of objects as objects that can be seen during the day, the night, or both. One of the big things here is that students do not connect that the moon can be seen during the day (depends on the lunar cycle). Good background information and resources.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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