Reflection: Classroom Setup Constellations are Seasonal - Section 4: Explore

Creating the Large Scale Model

My original plan for this lesson was to hang the constellation pictures on the walls around the room and the Big Dipper and Little Dipper up on the ceiling.  When I began hanging them, I realized that when hanging on the wall they were very spread out.  This made it difficult to see the circumpolar constellations from all positions.  Being able to see these constellations and illustrate their appearance was one of the main focuses of the investigation so I knew and adjustment had to be made.

To make this work, I moved the student desks into a circle and hung the posters on the desks.  This got all the posters closer together with the Big Dipper and Little Dipper directly overhead.  You can see this in the video of room set up.  The issue with this set up was that not all 20 students could by inside the circle rotating at the same time.  To solve this problem I had 10 students do it first while the others worked on math, then had them switch.  This seemed to work well and all students were able to complete their investigation sheets accurately.

Classroom Setup: Large Scale Model

Constellations are Seasonal

Unit 6: Earth's Place In Space
Lesson 3 of 9

Big Idea: Students will work in groups to create an image of an assigned constellation. We will then use these images in our model as we investigate why we only see some constellations at certain times of the year.

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Science, Earth and Space Science, space, Planets
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Jennifer Sallas

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