This week the children inquired into constellations. During Literacy Rotations, they worked with our Teacher Apprentice, Jose, and read the story “Zoo in the Sky”. During this time the children made connections to what they already knew and had some new learnings as well.
On Wednesday the children did a “Think, Pair, Share” activity where they brainstormed what they knew about constellations, shared their knowledge with a partner and then shared for a second time with the whole class. Below are a list of their prior knowledge.
What we know about Constellations
- Stars that go together and make different kinds of animals, shapes and things.
- A group of stars that make a shape.
- A picture of something.
- A collection of stars that make a picture.
- A group of stars from the Southern and Northern sky.
- Examples of constellations:
- Leo the Lion
- Big Dipper/ Little Dipper
- Draco the Dragon
- Gemini the Twins
- Cancer the Crab
The children also discussed the some of the stories (or myths) of how the constellations came to be. After that they created their own constellation and wrote and poem or story about their constellations origin.
The car goes up, the car goes down. The car goes left, the car car goes right. He might win the race if he goes like that! If he wins the race he will be with his family in the sky!
There once was a very fine pair of glasses. It shined so bright, even brighter than the sun! One day a lady really wanted those glasses because she had a fashion show coming up. But when she touched the glasses she got shocked! It was a burning shock! So she threw the glasses in the sky and they never came back.
Duky the dog was made by two stars bumping into each other! Then Duky became a constellation. If Duky falls out of the sky the Universe will end!