Innovative
Classroom

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

Dancin’ Raisins
Junk Ship
Sort the States of Matter
U.S. Percentages
Cinquain
Totem Pole
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
Create an Instrument
Determining Density
Easter Egg Contest
Grateful for Acrostic
Personal vs. Country Pride
Flannel Board Phonics
What Adds Up to 10?
Halloween Alphabetizing
Chalk Drawings
Paint a Picture with Words
Guided by the Stars
Thumbprints
Cultural Comparison
Valentine Placemats
What Happens to the Paper?
Still Life
Area and Perimeter of Olympic Rings
Presidential Fractions
Complete the Story
Thanksgiving Quilt
What Do I Want to Know?
Spring Into Science
Discover the Explorers
Where Is This?
Sand Painting
The Mayflower Voyage
Ice Insulation
European vs. Taino
Alphabetizing Mania!
Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
All About Columbus
Inch By Inch Map
Dice Probability
How Far is Sydney?
Fact and Opinion
Beast Feast
Popping Popcorn
How Many Squares?
Inching Along
Re-tell A Story
If You Could Be An Animal
Tall Tales
Toothpick Sculptures