Learning About the Stars
Our first week of the space theme covered:
We made our own stargazer telescopes so we could pretend to be an astronomer. We used blue paint with a little silver glitter paint to paint a cardboard roll. Then we added sparkly star stickers. We learned about constellations and cut apart constellation cards to look at through our telescopes. We learned that the name of the scientist who studies the night sky is called an astronomer. Using shape design mats and blue and yellow foam stars, the children worked in pairs to match stars to the mat and complete constellations. It’s good for them to learn to work together and take turns. These are star wands that “twinkle”. Stars shine a constant light but the movement of dust and rocks in the atmosphere makes stars look like they twinkle. Our dancing stars were the perfect prop for music and movement time. Our constellation paintings are super easy but turn out beautiful. Simply paint black construction paper with silver glitter paint. When it dries, add star stickers. Ta-da! We talked about there being so many stars in the night sky.Stars can red, yellow or blue. the red ones “red giants” are the largest and the blues are the smallest “blue dwarfs”. Yellow stars are medium -sized. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is the perfect song to go with the star lesson.
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