Constellations are a fascinating part of the night sky. Once you’ve identified a few, why not make your own?
Pass out sheets featuring a starry sky and point out popular constellations such as Orion, the Big Dipper, and Taurus. Share the stories behind each of these constellations with younger students, or have older students research their favorites on their own or in pairs. Then, ask students to “connect the dots” to create their own animal, person, object, or mythical creature. Once they’ve finished their designs, have students work independently to create the myth or story that goes along with their creation. Whether students choose to share their myths orally or through a formal writing assignment, this activity is a great way to integrate science and language arts while celebrating Astronomy day.