Starry Night Curriculum

  • The Digital STARLAB® uses the following lessons of the Starry Night Curriculum™

    K-4
    P1: Night and Day  
    This lesson is designed to introduce students to the concept of Earth rotation by having them relate observed changes in day and night from here on Earth with a view of Earth rotating in space.
    P2: Going Through a Phase – Moon Phases
    The Going Through a Phase lesson is designed to introduce students to the concept of Moon phases and cyclic changes.
    P3: Location, Location, Location – Finding Your Way Around the Sky
    The Finding Your Way Around the Sky lesson is designed to introduce students to basic reference points in the night sky and how to use the stars to find a location on Earth.
    P4: Myths Around the World – Constellations and Star Lore
    The Constellations and Star Lore lesson is designed to introduce students to some of the more famous Greek constellations and the myths that go with them.
     
    Grade 5 – 8
    S1: A Change of Season
    The Change of Season lesson is designed to introduce students to the observational evidence that explains the true reason that we have seasons here on Earth.
    S2: Now You See – Now You don’t – Solar and Lunar Eclipses
    The Solar and Lunar Eclipses lesson is designed to introduce students to the concept of why and when we see eclipses from Earth.
    S3: Welcome to the Neighborhood – Overview of the Solar System
    This lesson is designed to introduce students to some of the characteristics of the known planets in the solar system.
    S4: Moving Out – The Motion of the Planets 
    This lesson is designed to introduce students to the motion of the planets in the solar system as they appear from Earth. In addition, it traces the development of both the geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar system.
    S5: Big Macs – Meteors, Asteroids and Comets
    This lesson is designed to introduce students to the composition, location and motion of meteors, asteroids and comets as they appear in the night sky.
     
    Grade 9 – 12
    A1: A Calendar in the Stars – Seasonal Constellations
    This lesson is designed to introduce students to the zodiac and how the constellations can be used to predict the change of season.
    A2: Star Light, Star Bright – The Properties and Life Cycle of Stars
    This lesson is designed to introduce students to the properties of stars, the Hertz-sprung-Russell diagram and how stars change over time.
    A3: Our Little Island – The Milky Way Galaxy
    This lesson is designed to introduce students to the size and shape of the Milky Way galaxy.

    Additional lessons for all three grade levels will become available in the future.