In this activity, patrons will learn how ancient people related to constellations and asterisms, then use their imagination to create a star pattern and accompanying story. Library staff can have patrons draw their designs on paper or make an inflatable planetarium, in which patrons will poke out their star constellations.
|Add a Tech Twist||App for learning more about the constellations, such as Star Walk or Sky Map (see https://www.forbes.com/sites/jesseshanahan/2018/05/09/the-best-free-stargazing-apps-of-2018)|
|Hints for uses in your library||This is a big project, but well worth the time! Please adhere to the "Safety Tips" listed in the activity.|
Space Place Activity Guide
ESA on Galaxies
What is a galaxy
Solar System, Galaxy, Universe: What's the Difference?
More to Explore: Stars, Constellations and Astronomy
How Does Our Sun Compare With Other Stars?
Constellations and the Calendar
Ready, Jet, Go!
Night Sky Network
Deep Space Studies
Supernovae Slideshow from National Geographic
Astronomy picture of the day
The Milky Way for Children, Galaxies and Space: Astronomy for Kids Videos:
ScienceCasts: Red and Golden Planets at Opposition
ScienceCasts: A Star With Spiral Arms
NASA ScienceCasts: Something for Every Sky Watcher
Stargazing with Kids | Adventures in Learning | PBS Parents
|Originating Source||NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
[Suggest a book]
Find the Constellation by H.A. Rey
The Stars by H.A. Rey
The Great Canoes in the Sky
The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades
See It with a Small Telescope: 101 Cosmic Wonders
The Secret Galaxy.
Night Sky Watcher
Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry
Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story
Write on ... Space
The Sun and Stars
Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing
Look Inside Space
Zoo in the Sky : a Book of Animal Constellations
Once Upon a Starry Night