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Six engaging stations – take your students on a journey to learn about the predictable patterns of the earth, moon, and stars! Each station has an interesting informational text to give students background information and how these patterns have been used since ancient times. After students read the informational text and observe the pictures, illustrations, and/or graphs they apply what they have learned by answering thought-provoking questions, creating graphs from pattern data, exploring concepts using models, and even becoming treasure-seeking pirates using the stars as direction finders to locate the booty! Very little prep and a few easy classroom materials make this activity an excellent choice to engage students in science concepts while sharpening their informational text reading skills.
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– Star trails. Students read about stars’ trails before exploring the differences between the North Star and other stars as the earth rotates. Students then become treasure-seeking pirates using the North Star to navigate the seas to the lost treasure!
– Reasons for the seasons! Students learn that seasons exist because of the earth’s tilt rather than distance to the sun! After the reading, students complete a matching activity with diagrams and the different seasons.
– Hours of Daylight! Students learn why there are more daylight hours in the summer than in the winter before completing a bar graph using data of average hours of sunlight per month.
– The Changing Constellations. Whether near or far, stars make patterns in our night sky that have captured people’s imaginations for centuries. Students analyze constellation maps of two different seasons to note the similarities and differences. Finally, students create their very own constellation using a group of stars.
– Patterns of Shadows. Students learn about the length of shadows in relation to the different seasons. Students also learn how ancient people developed a way to tell time using shadows with a sundial. Students sketch shadows of trees in two different seasons before applying their knowledge of sun and earth patterns by creating a simple working sundial.
– Tides. Students learn about the daily effect of the moon on earth’s waters by reading about tides. Students then create a line graph using tide data before analyzing to find the pattern and making a prediction of tides in the future.
Also included is an easy grade rubric, a station setup guide with simple classroom materials to use at each station, and a full answer key!
This product is aligned with NGSS, Earth’s Place in the Universe 5-ESS1-2
Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.