Teaching Through Trade Books: Seeing Starsby: Christine Anne Royce

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The winter months are a great time to make observations of several familiar constellations. While there’s no scientific reason to “know” the constellations—they are simply imaginative pictures imposed on stars—studying constellations can help students connect with culture in a fun way and develop the awareness that stars are different in apparent brightness and color. And, exploring the night sky over a period of weeks can also help students notice the motion of the Sun, Moon, and planets.

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  • on Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:09 PM

This journal article I really enjoyed reading and it gave me lesson ideas for constellations. I really like the idea of showing pictures of constellations and stars and asking students to make observations of the visual. I think that having the students try to look at the constellations and to guess what the constellation may represent is a great idea. This helps students interpret the constellation as they see it before you show them the true representation. I definitely recommend this article it gave me great idea’s to help challenge my students thinking and have them become space investigators!

Alexandra M
Alexandra M

  • on Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:41 PM

This article was helpful in seeing how to incorporate trade books into student activities as motivation for learning. The first activity is great because it allows students to take what they discovered about the history of constellations and use their imagination to create their own...very appropriate for K-3. The second activity for upper elementary allows students to have fun with their homework! Observing the stars in the sky with their parent or guardian is a great way for student's to act as astronomers, motivating them to discover and share their findings. Great read!

Lauren Field
Lauren Field

  • on Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:38 PM

There are many appropriate (good science, captivating illustrations) stargazing books available for children. This article lists two good resources and is a motivating resource. Simple classroom activities are included. Just don't stop here - let this be your launchpad for many stellar explorations!

Caryn M  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn M (Smithtown, NY)

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