[Activity 2 from the original PASS volume Activities for the School Planetarium.]
Grade Levels: K-2
In this activity the students learn how constellations were invented by creating their own constellations. The activity allows the students to develop this concept in easy steps, from observing simple shapes in everyday objects, to imagining shapes marked by stars in the sky.
Organization: Individual Task, Small Group Reasoning Level: Egocentric to Concrete Activity Strategy: Synthesizing and Open-Ended
Behavioral Objectives: By the end of the lesson, students should be able to:
For the class
Distribute the data sheets and ask the class if anyone can find a triangle, a circle, a rectangle, a square, a plus sign, a bow tie, “V”, or “W” in the picture. Tell them to circle the shapes they find and draw a line from the circles to the corresponding shapes at the top of the page. Another option is to have the students use a different color crayon for each shape and color in the shape rather than circle it.
Conclude the lesson by encouraging the students to try to find their shapes in the real night sky.