|Starry, Starry Night| A Constellation WebQuest|
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This WebQuest addresses the following Utah 6th Grade Science Standards:
STANDARD IV: Students will understand the scale of size, distance between objects, movement, and apparent motion (due to Earth’s rotation) of objects in the universe and how cultures have understood, related to and used these objects in the night sky.
Objective 2: Describe the appearance and apparent motion of groups of stars in the night sky relative to Earth and how various cultures have understood and used them.
Starry, Starry Night
Go outside some clear evening. Bring along a blanket. Spread out the blanket and lie down. Look at all the stars you can see. Quite a beautiful sight, isn’t it! Stars spread out across the sky. But, did you know that there are patterns to be seen? We call these patterns “constellations.” You are going to learn about constellations. As you learn about constellations, you will be given assignments to do. These will help you learn all about constellations.
When you have finished this WebQuest, you will know all about constellations. And, you will never look at the stars in quite the same way!
(Note: If you don't have a copy of the Constellations WebQuest Worksheet, click here to get a copy.)
What is a Constellation? (Question #1)
When we talk about constellations, do you know what they are? Your first assignment is to find a definition of constellations. Read the website and answer question #1 on your Constellation WebQuest Worksheet. Click on the question, What are constellations?, to get to the website.
Where Did Constellations Come From? (Question #2)
Knowing what a constellation is is great! How did they get there? Visit this site for a history of constellations. Read the website and answer question #2 on your Constellation WebQuest Worksheet. Click on the question, Where did constellations come from? to get to the website.
Hold on! Have you answered questions #1 & #2? If you haven't, you need to stop here and answer those two questions before you answer question #3!
Constellations and Their Stars (Questions #3 thru #6)
Your next assignment is to complete the Constellation WebQuest Worksheet, questions #3 thru #6. You will want to use the Alphabetical Listing of Constellations website to get the information you need to complete questions #3 and #6.
Your next assignments is to tell the story of how two constellations were placed in the sky (Questions #4 - #5) (in your own words). For this part of the assignment, you will need to go to find constellation myths. Here are two links to myths about Coma Berenices and Draco.
For question #6, return to the Alphabetical Listing of Constellations website to get the information you need to complete the table. (Hint: To find the name of the brighest star in a constellation, scroll down to "Named Stars." The first star listed is the brightest star in the constellation.)
Whoa, Nellie! Have you answered questions #3 thru #6? If you haven't, you need to stop here and answer those two questions before you answer question #6!
Constellations by Seasons
If you go outside different times of the year, you will see different constellations. Why? Because the Earth revolves around the Sun. Use these four star charts to help you answer Questions #7 - #10.
Wait! Have you answered questions #1 thru #10? If you haven't, you need to stop here and complete those questions before you move on to Navigating With the Stars.
Navigating With the Stars
Did you know that there was a time when ancient sailors had to know the stars to help them get to their destination? When you’re in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight, you had to have something help you get where you’re going to. The sailors used the stars to help them travel. Your assignment is to learn how you can navigate at night. The North Star (Polaris) is a very important star. Use the table below to complete the Latitude and the North Star - Part 1 chart.
Using what you know about latitude and the North star, complete Latitude and the North Star - Part 2 charts.
Stars as Calendars and Clocks
Have you ever wondered how people knew what time of day it was without a clock or wristwatch? How did people know when to plant crops or gather food for the cold seasons if they did not have a calendar like we do today? How did we get to the accurate time we have today? Find out about other cultures over the past 6,000 years! Study Egypt, the Aztec Indians', or Chinese timekeeping just by going to the Ancient Time website. (Find your Chinese Zodiac sign by clicking here.)
Congratulations! You are now a constellations monster! Repeat after me, "I am so good, I can hardly stand myself!"