The Magic School Bus Sees Stars
Field Trip Notes
When the kids see Horace Scope on the Star Shopping Network, they decide to buy Dorothy Ann a star for her birthday. Not wanting to buy something sight unseen, the kids blast off in The Magic School Bus to inspect the merchandise. They visit a young star, and then a middle-age star - but its the third, and last star they decide to buy. But when they give Horace their money, KABLOOM! the star explodes! Does this mean their star is gone forever?
Time: 30 minutes
Group Size: 4
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 dont see stars during the day.
What You Need
For the Class
Ahead of time: Encourage students to do the Star Count activity with their families. Set a date for Star Count reports.
Talk About It
Let students report results of their Star Counts. Ask: Who saw the most stars? The least? Why did some see less stars the n others did? (Light from surroundings or a bright moon fades out some stars.)
What To Do
Make a sky map of favorite constellations students see at night.
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