Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Star Light, Star Bright: Star Patterns - Section 4: Exploration (The Space Walk!)


In this video, my students tell their schema (background knowledge) about patterns of stars.   When students share their schema, I ask questions to move them towards understanding whether their idea is indeed an observable pattern.  However, I do not correct misconceptions at this point in the lesson.

One student clearly understands patterns (twinkle, twinkle, twinkle, hide... repeat), but not the observable nature of patterns in the sky.  Another is thinking that stars change color, but does not know if they follow a pattern.  Throughout the lesson, I then work to correct misconceptions and establish the two patterns of the stars: you can see them during the day, not at night, and they appear to rise and set.

One interesting tidbit here actually reveals a flaw in the curriculum standard.  It is true that stars can be seen at night, however, cloudy nights or nights in well-lit areas make it so that you cannot see them.  Thus, this pattern is not necessarily always observable and led to some confusion.

  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Misconceptions
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Star Light, Star Bright: Star Patterns

Unit 3: Space: Patterns in the Sky
Lesson 11 of 16

Objective: SWBAT describe patterns of the stars.

Big Idea: Starlight, starbright, first star I see tonight! I wish, I wish... students could describe the patterns of the stars!

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