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1 MOON UNIT Lesson 11- Constellations –Star Patterns

2 Standard:  Earth and Space Science. Students will gain an understanding of Earth and Space Science through the study of earth materials, celestial movement, and weather. Objective  Observe, describe, and record patterns in the appearance and apparent motion of the moon in the night sky.  Observe and describe the number, arrangement and color/brightness of stars in the night sky.

3  sun: the star that gives us light and heat  constellation: a group of stars forming a pattern  astronomers: people who study stars

4  Have you ever noticed that some stars are brighter than others?  Have you noticed groups of stars?  Have you played connect the dots with the stars? Or made up stories about them? People who study stars are called astronomers. People have been observing the stars for a long time.

5  Long ago, though, people thought some stars looked like pictures. They imagined that these stars were outlines of animals, objects, or people.  You may have seen clouds or sailing ships or something else. But cloud shapes change quickly. Star shapes have not changed much since people looked at them long ago.

6 They seem to form a picture in the sky. People use them to find their way around the sky like someone using objects to get from place to place. They seem to form a picture in the sky. People use them to find their way around the sky like someone using objects to get from place to place.

7 The constellation looks flat but all the stars are at different distances from us.

8 So again, the stars that appear close in the sky may not actually be close in space:

9  When you look at the sky at night you can see stars. Did you know that when you look at the night sky during the day you can see a star too? can you remember the name of that star?  Click here to see stars in the daytime  pgOBoM6WSKU/UjNZYCg27JI/AAAA AAAAaVA/ri9nzY2qw5k/s1600/sunsig ns.gif pgOBoM6WSKU/UjNZYCg27JI/AAAA AAAAaVA/ri9nzY2qw5k/s1600/sunsig ns.gif

10 Polaris – the North Star

11  The Stars don’t actually move… It is the Earth that is moving (spinning).  The spinning Earth makes it seems like the stars move.  Polaris (north star) – Earth’s northern axis points at this star so its movement is not affected by Earth’s Rotation.

12  Read the Story of Orion the Hunter Read the Story of Orion the Hunter  the-hunter the-hunter

13  Read the story of Perseus and Andromeda  perseus-and-andromeda

14  You have learned about constellations, and now it’s your turn to make some.  You will use the “Take a Guess” section to guess what the pattern will look like.  After you have guesses all 6 constellations you will use the “The Constellation Guide” to trace the actual constellations.  Materials  pencil  the “Take a Guess” paper  the “The Constellation Guide”

15 What your journal should look like  glue in constellation in your science journals

16 Video and Songs  Outer Space: "I'm A Star," The Stars Song by StoryBots 

17 Star Maps  6/SunMoonandStars/activities/starmaps.html 6/SunMoonandStars/activities/starmaps.html

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