Changing Constellationsby: Page Keeley and Cary Sneider

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about why the constellations change with the seasons. The probe is designed to find out how students use the Earth’s spin and orbit to explain why different constellations are visible in different seasons.

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  • on Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:06 PM

Changing Constellations is a great, simple question in which the teacher can get an idea of a student's mental model. In the teacher materials, Keeley mentions an activity by Bishop. This activity is also in the Kinesthetic Astronomy series. Posting signs of the zodiac in your classroom and taking students through a series of question is a very effective lesson in getting students to think about the changing sky at night.

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

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