Working on REAL Constellations

During our unit on constellations and stars we provoked opportunities to create original and unique constellations as well as read and learn about actual constellations.
We chose to trace famous constellations like Orion, Leo the lion, Cassiopeia, and the eagle while reading about the various stars that encompass them.
We introduced the idea that certain stars shine brighter than others and that before technology, many people used these stars as a map to guide them places.
After our tracing project, we thought it might be fun to keep the constellations relevant in our classroom by creating a fine motor skill activity using the images we traced. Each child is able to revisit the constellations and mark the stars with beans. Though simple, the class really enjoys this activity and likes to point out that " this is how the constellations REALLY look in the sky!"

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