Earth and Sky
This activity was designed to
accompany the Magic School Bus video, "Sees Stars." You can probably
find Magic School Bus videos at your local library.
SHINE ON page
Pencils or pens
Dorothy Ann has a
nifty new telescope, but she still enjoys looking at the stars with eye power
alone. You kids report star counts and explore why we don’t see stars during the
day. Ask: Do stars shine during the day? (Yes, but atmospheric gases, dust, and
water vapor scatter sunlight passing through. This veils stars until the sun
sets.) Record girls’ ideas. After kids punch out the Astro-Liz “constellation,”
have them cut out the foldover. Fold the white flap over the dark Astro-Liz
flap. Ask: What do the holes represent? (stars) The flashlight? (sun) The cover
flap? (atmosphere) Tell kids to pretend it’s nighttime. Hold up Astro-Liz to a
bright window, white flap facing them. Do they see “stars” through the
“atmosphere” (cover flap)? Ask: When the sun comes up, do you see stars?
Let kids shine the flashlight on the coverflap “atmosphere.” Ask: Why
don’t we see stars during the day?
idea courtesy of
Scholastic's Magic School Bus