This has been a favourite kindergarten rhyme for about a century now! In fact, stars are often portrayed in nursery rhymes, stories, proverbs, movies and so on. We even hear people saying “There is fault in my stars”, “Oh your stars are shining bright” or “they are star crossed lovers”. Stars also have very practical uses for us; navigators used to follow stars to trace sea routes, and astronomers have been studying stars and their positions to understand the secrets of the universe. Stars play an important role in our mythologies as well.
So when we began a unit on the solar system, students had many questions about stars, such as:
- Can a couple of stars joined by some imaginary lines in the sky decide our fate?
- How can the stars navigate you on a voyage?
- How do we identify stars, they all look so similar?
Last week they tried found their answers when we studied constellations. Girls learned that far from deciding our fates, stars are non-living things extremely far away from us. We humans have drawn lines in between stars to give them imaginary shapes (constellations). The Scorpion constellation could have been some other constellation if stars associated with it were joined in a different way! Girls enjoyed brainstorming these ideas.
The discussion was followed by drawing constellations. Girls used a black paper and a calcium carbonate pencil to draw constellations.
How cool is it to have your own constellation in the sky! Our students were excited when they came to know that they could have their personal constellation in the sky, by drawing lines between stars according to their names.
Stars and planets make us realize how big the universe is and we are a tiny little part of it! There is no way in which Saturn, Jupitor or a pole star can get benefited by controlling your life. Girls got to clear some doubts about this and had fun drawing constellations too.