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Star Gazing

Starry night activity

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  • Do a search for the constellation Ursa Major on the internet. You will find the Big Dipper, Little Dipper and Polaris the North Star.  Seeing pictures of what to look for in the sky before heading out at dark is helpful. 
  • Introduce a child to the wonders of a night sky (away from lights if possible)
  • After spending 10 minutes in the dark outside, your eyes should have adjusted
  • Look for the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, North Star and moon
  • Look at the sky through a telescope, binoculars, or your “naked” eyes

Extend

The constellation Ursa Major means Great Bear and the seven brightest stars in the constellation make the Big Dipper. You can check out skymaps.com

Materials

  • clear starry night away from city lights (if possible)
  • internet access
  • telescope/binocular (optional)

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Star
  • Color - Violet
  • Number - Review
  • Alphabet Letters - S, V
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Respect
  • Target Words - Hot, Soft, Above, Below

Monthly Proverb

Scottish-He that is wise can make a friend of a foe

Did You Know?

"The foundations of social competence that are developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect a child’s later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life." National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Books to Read

"The Monster At The End of This Book"
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

"Beach Ball"
by Peter Sis (Activity 7)

"Mouse Paint"
by Ellen Stoll Walsch (Activity 8)

Music Playlist

"A - You’re Adorable"
by Perry Como Album The Very Best of Perry Como (Pop)(Activity 4)

"Hello, My Name is Joe"
by Ellen and Peter Allard Album Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2 (Children) (Activity 1)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
by Ella Jenkins Album Early Early Childhood Songs (Children) (Activity 3)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Nursery Rhyme

(Activity 26 Month 7)

Star light, Star bright

Star light, Star bright

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight