Constellations Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

This lesson plan is an engaging way for students to learn more about constellations. Students use the information they learn from the video and text to label a constellation map and create a few on their own.

Lesson Objective

  • Define different types of constellations
  • Identify constellations on a constellation map
  • Create a replica of various constellations using household materials

Length

  • 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

MS-ESS1-1 Earth's Place in the Universe

Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons.

Materials

  • Multiple copies of The Constellations: Definition and Name Origin, one per student
  • Multiple copies of the lesson quiz, one per student
  • 20 flashlights, or at least one per group
  • Blue cardstock
  • 4-5 pairs of scissors
  • Thumbtacks or toothpicks, one per student
  • Multiple copies of a constellation map, one per student
  • Four different colored highlighters, one set per student or pairs of students
  • Tape

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