Center Focus

Guided by the Stars

  1. During the Age of Exploration, explorers used the stars to guide them through their journeys. They used star charts of a sort, called astrolabes in order to find their position based on the stars, sun, moon, and planets.
  2. Have your students use star charts and other equipment you can provide, to figure out what the sky would look like based on a particular point on earth during a given date.
  3. They should sketch some of the larger constellations and brighter stars as well as the planets and sun. This will give them some knowledge of using a star chart as well as a respect for the complications involved in early exploration.
  4. Have them reflect on the idea of maps being taken for granted in today's world as opposed to the world during the Age of Exploration.

More Center Focus Ideas

Pumpkin Measurements
Animal Alphabetizing
If the Earth Were Flat
Cultural Comparison
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!
Turkey Math
Ten Black Dots
Author Spotlight
Rhyming Match
What Happens to the Paper?
Compare the Cookies
Create a Collage
Take for Granted
Broken Ruler
Unscramble the Words
Popping Popcorn
Journal Topic: Space Exploration
Volume Conversions
Spaghetti vs. Macaroni
Money Del Mundo
If I Were President...
Presidential Fractions
The Mayflower Voyage
"A Busy Year" Reading
Area of a Shamrock
Discover Music
Junk Ship
Pumpkin Puffs
Story Problems
Round vs. Flat
Count Pine Cone Scales
Potato Latkes
Flannel Board Phonics
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
All Kinds of Genres
Tile Probability
Inclined to Slide
Giant Kiss
What’s the Stamp Worth?
Matching Animals To Their Names
What Do You Picture
Irish Stained Glass Scene
Spring Into Science
Am I a Square?
How Far is Sydney?
How Much is 2000, Anyway?