This week found the “mad scientist” and her minions studying the amazing, cosmic world of stars!
The kiddos and I created these adorable, yet functional constellation medallions. On each medallion is a punch-out of a particular constellation with the proper name listed for each; on the opposite side is the popular name. We created sixteen constellations each, so each child would have their own set.
One neat aspect of these medallions is that they not only provide the kids with their own reference to all major constellations, but, when held up to the light, they project the constellation itself onto the opposing surface!
This proved to be very exciting for my family. They enjoyed reviewing their favorite formations and creating a pocket-sized reference to keep.
Not wanting to stop at the medallions, the gang also pulled out some aluminum foil and an old glass jar. We punched “stars”, constellations, and other formations into our foil paper. We then put the paper into the glass jar, added a light, and watched the walls glow with our “homemade galaxy”. (I would highly recommend using a jar that is round and has very little to no lip on it. This will make putting the aluminum foil into the jar much easier. Other jars will cause the foil to crumple and ruin the affect.)
Mom wasn’t quite ready to end our lesson quite yet, so we grabbed our laptop and I had them watch this awesome video by Louie Giglio. (I know I have posted this video before, but it bears repeating.)
(While stars were the main focus of our science lessons today, we of course made sure to spend about an hour on our microscope fun. Today was especially exciting with fern development, frog reproductive organs, blood, and a view of mitosis. So much fun!)
This evening, the plan is to dig out our constellation projector (which little miss picked out for Christmas) and sleep under the stars. What an enjoyable day!
“He determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names.” Psalm 147:4