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Star Search

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Introduction

In this lesson, you will play an online activity that challenges you to find constellations in the sky during different seasons.


Exploration

  1. Go to Star Search to play the online interactive activity about constellations.
  2. Click the “How to Play” button on the lower left of the screen. Scroll down using the arrow key to read all of the instructions for the game.
  3. Close the instructions box and click on one of the constellations to the right to start the activity. You will start with Spring, which will be pulled up. Click on the “Big Dipper.” As the directions say, look for the alpha star in each constellation and click around to find the Big Dipper.
  4. Once you’ve found it, read about it using the scroll arrow to see the whole story. Then click the “Continue” button at the bottom right of the screen to go to the next constellation.
  5. Do all four constellations in Spring.

After you have discussed the Spring constellations in class, proceed to learn more about the constellations in the other seasons.

  1. In the lower left-hand corner, click on “Learn More” to read the background on constellations.
  2. Close the “Learn More” box and find the other constellations. At the top right of the page, you will see the other seasons, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Click on “Summer.”
  3. Find the four constellations in Summer and read about them. Then, do the same for Fall and Winter.

 


This esheet is a part of the Looking at the Night Sky lesson.

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