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The Same Sky?

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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    intermediate

Question and Wonder:

  • Where do the stars go in the daytime? Why can you only see them at night?
  • Does the sun really go down? Where does it go?
  • Does the sky look the same no matter where you are? Why do you think that?
  • Where do the clouds come from? Why can’t you see past them? Or can you?

Take a blanket or chair outside to your backyard or patio and observe the sky. Try doing it at different times of day and at night. Talk about what you see.

Imagine and Design:

  • What do you observe in the sky?
  • How do your observations differ between day and night?
  • How do they change on a cloudy day?
  • Imagine how you want to capture changes in the sky. Maybe it is a drawing, a chart or a story.

(Optional for ages 3 and up): Take 3-5 pages of construction paper, stack, and fold in the middle, stapling along the spine. What would you like to track about the sky in your Sky journal? Stars? Clouds?

Test and Discuss:

  • Draw what you observe about your sky day and night.
  • Discuss your observations with a family member.
  • Together, pick a country to research. What do you think their sky looks like? Is it the same?
  • Why would their sky be different? When?

For parents: If your child is too young to make a journal, talk about what they are seeing , ask the questions and talk through the answers.

Did you Know?

Did you know that there are scientists that study space? They are called astronomers.  What interests you about outer space? Start your star explorations here: https://thenightsky.com/ and http://www.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/explore-the-sky/your-sky-tonight.html.

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