The constellations : The solar system : Part 3

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The last three days of our Solar System unit, we spent studying and reading about the stars. We read about the Sun, about other stars, about the constellations.  We read about Galileo Galilei and Nicolaus Copernicus.  We read Native American stories too.

We bought two telescope kits to make ourselves.  We built them the last day. And it was so much fun.

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You should go look at the Constellations on Imagine Childhood too.  Such a beautiful idea.  I might do that for myself to help me learn them.  And how about the star light flashlight? Actually they have other great projects.  I’m going to try to make some of them now in the summer.  I am not done learning about our the stars.

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We read different books and tried to figure out the constellations and learn a little more about them.  As well as the stories behind them, about their names, and how they came to be.  You can see our book list for this Solar System unity in my first post here.

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Siena and Lucas each made stars in a piece of paper.  As many as they wanted and in whatever organization that they wanted.

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Then they exchanged it with each other and they each had to find (invented) constellations and name them too.  This is what they came up with.

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It was so cute and they had a lot of fun.  So then I made the same sheet with stars for both of them, and they wanted to see what types of constellations they’d come up with, with the same stars on the paper. And this is what happened.

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We also read about real stars and constellations.

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And I know we’ll go back next Star Party to see and re-discover Saturn again.  I am still so amazed of what I saw.

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