During the first quarter in Science the 5th grade spend time researching constellations and patterns in the night sky. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) states that 5th graders should know different positions of the sun, moon, and starts at different time of the day, month, and year.
Constellations were a great way to get the interest of students and also allowed me to make cross-curricular connections to the Literacy standards. Fifth grade students are to write informative/explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. Throughout this research project the students used many reading skills, but they also used research skills and were taught basic note-taking skills.
Each student chose a constellation of their choice and became an “Expert” on their chosen topic of interest. They completed book research, tech research, and also watched multi-media videos on their constellation if they found it. The students loved the project and put together a presentation of their gained knowledge at the end. They created a poster of their constellation shape, their written report (processed using Microsoft Word), and created a title page using Microsoft Publisher.
I was impressed with their persistence in finding research and interpreting the data in print. If you are ever in the building, please stop by the 5th grade classrooms and their projects are still hanging in the hall for your reading pleasure.
Mrs. Tracy Jarrett Grade 5