What is a Constellation

Why do some stars in a constellation appear brighter than others? Using a get-up-and-move astronomy activity, scholars explore perspective and the appearance of constellations in the sky while developing an understanding of the arrangement and orientation of stars. First, they learn about perspective by modeling three-dimensional geometric shapes. Then, they connect their learning to the images formed by constellations by making their own constellations. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce relative brightness of stars by having learners show how perspective changes the view of various constellations
  • Use as a simulation to engage pupils in learning about three-dimensional objects
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a variety of materials not typically found in the classroom
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  • Provides opportunities for collaborative learning
  • Hands-on activity promotes engagement

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