Astronomy, Stars and Universe: A Spiral Studies Mini-Unit

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Science of Stars Mini Unit
Astronomy Learning Stations
Earth Science

In this Science of the Stars Unit, students will explore the night sky from a scientist’s perspective. Through interactive stations, students will build background knowledge about our closest star, the sun, as well as the stars in our night sky. Students will ponder questions such as “Are we really all made of stars?” and be challenged to read and interpret new information as they move from one station to the next.

What's Included? (Be sure to look at the preview for visuals!)

Introduction Lesson
Stellar Sleuth Activity
Stars and Space 101 Note Sheet and teacher visuals

5 Stellar Science Stations

- Are we really all made of stars?
- How far is our star?
- Astronomy vs. Astrology: What's the difference?
- Pole Star Science
- Star Life Cycles

Star Station Response Mini-Tab Flip Book and
Teacher Answer Keys

Check this out! This resource includes TWO options for using the Science of Stars Mini Unit. That’s right! There is one version of the unit that is turn-key and ready to be taught as a stand-alone unit in your science classroom….and there is a set of integrated materials that can be combined with units from other subject areas to create an INTEGRATED STUDY of the stars! After you download this resource, just use the version of the unit that will work best in your classroom (integrated or independent).

About the Integrated Version of the Unit
The teacher-authors from Math Giraffe , Brain Waves Instruction, History Gal, and I have teamed up to create engaging, rigorous, and interactive integrated units that can be easily implemented in middle school classrooms. We call them SPIRAL STUDIES.

We love the idea of helping students learn critical ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies skills and content in an integrated format. That’s why we’ve worked together to create an integrated Study of the Stars! We’ve each created stand-alone units about stars that can be taught completely in isolation and integrated versions of the same units that can be taught in conjunction with other subject areas. Special features of the integrated units include an interactive Learning Folder that students create and add to in each class and a bonus Part 4 of instruction where students showcase their integrated learning while creating “The Night Sky News” newspaper. Learn more HERE.

Integrated Version of the Unit – Can be taught in conjunction with units from other subject areas
• Integrated Unit Topic: The Stars
• Overview: Students will learn about stars and then consider: What storytellers (ELA), scientists (Science), mathematicians (Math), and ancient civilizations (SS) see in the night sky.
• In ELA students read Greek myths and write a constellation myth. In Science students participate in interactive stations and learn about stars and the night sky. In Math students use constellations to learn about the coordinate plane. In Social Studies students learn about ancient civilizations and what the night sky looked like in ancient times.
• Special Features:
o Students create interactive Learning Folders that they develop and grow in each course.
o Culminating Activity (optional) – Students showcase their learning across all the subject areas while creating “The Night Sky News” newspaper. Students complete elements in each subject area. In ELA, they write a lead story about the discovery of a new constellation. The end result is a creative and integrated newspaper!

Find the Integrated Units from the other subject areas here:
• ELA – What Do Storytellers See in the Night Sky? by Brain Waves Instruction
• Math – What Do Mathematicians See in the Night Sky? by Math Giraffe
• Social Studies – What Did Ancient Civilizations See in the Night Sky? by History Gal
Total Pages
50 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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