1. Topic-
The Wonderful World of Constellations
2. Content-
Web searches should get us there.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. The students will individually create their own constellations.
2. They will be given the chance to tell the class a small story explaining their constellation.
4. Objectives-
1. The students will be introduced to the origin of the stars they see at night.
2. They will learn that there are groups of stars called constellations.
3. The children will listen to books read by the teacher and then will be given the opportunity to create their own "Constellation Creation."
5. Materials and Aids-
Microsoft Encarta 1995, Beyond Planet Earth CD-Rom,Space Age CD-Rom, "How the Stars Came to Be",
Pictures of Stars, Other Books About Stars, Black Construction Paper, Sticker Stars, White Chalk
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. The teacher will read the book, "How The Stars Came to Be" to the children
2. They will then discuss where the stars came from.
3. The children may ask questions as they think of them.

B. Development-

1. After reading the book and having a discussion, the teacher will separate the children into groups that will go to stations to complete the tasks of creating a constellation and using a CD-ROM to learn about stars and other space issues.
2. The teacher will assist and supervise as needed. The stations should be setup and ready for the children to begin work.

C. Independent Practice-

1. The children will listen to the story.
2. They will then take 10 star stickers and place them on their black construction paper.
3. Then they will take a piece of chalk and draw lines connecting the stars together, forming a constellation.
4. When they go to make up a name or title for the constellation suggest that it is similar to looking for objects in clouds.
5. There is no wrong answer.
6. At the other station, the computer will have a CD-ROM set up and ready for the children to explore various space topics,especially stars.
7. After completing both activities the children will return to the group and share their "Constellation Creation."

D. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. This activity should be easily accomplished by any child.
2. However, if anyone should need assistance the teacher will be available to assist.
7. Evaluation-
The children will be evaluated through the creation of their constellations and ability to work in groups on the computers.

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