Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Space: Constellation Stories
A great way to incorporate some more writing into your science curriculum is to have your students "discover" their own constellations and then write a story/legend/myth about that constellation.
There are a number of ways you can go about constellation creation.
Provide each student with a blank star map. I've got an old copy that I can photocopy, but truth be told, I'm having a hard time finding a blank star map (without the constellations already drawn in) to print. But, if you can find a blank star map, this way is a lot of fun because, at least in theory, the students should be able to find their own constellation in the night sky.
The students "connect the dots" to form some sort of image from the stars.
Regardless of how the constellation is created, the students then write a story about the constellation.
A nice idea is to photocopy the finished stories and constellation pictures and bind the whole class's work into a book. It's easy enough to create a single copy for the classroom. If you have the time and resources available, you might even consider making a copy of the book for each student in the class.