3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 18, 2010 7:23 AM by glen_w

    Activities across the Curriculum

      Sometimes I come across online tools that could be used creatively by teachers right across the curriculum for activities that would really engage students. I just came across this site that certainly qualifies as a great and interesting science activity, but it could also be used for creative activities in ELA, mathematics, and social studies, especially for a part of a collaborative group project.


      What's this all about?

      Light travelling in empty space is the fastest thing in the universe. It travels at 186,000 miles per second!


      The stars are so far away from us that their light still takes a long time to reach Earth. One light year is the distance light travels in a year: 5,878,499,812,499 miles. The closest star apart from the Sun is 4.2 light years away, so its light takes 4.2 years to reach Earth.


      Tell the Birthday Stars computer when you were born, and it will look for a star that is your age in light years away from Earth. This means that the light we're seeing from that star today actually left the star around when you were born, and has taken your entire life to reach Earth.


      From month to month you may see your birthday star changing. This is because as you get older the light from more and more distant stars has had the time to travel to Earth in during your life.


      Take a turn on it and let me know what YOUR star is and what you creative types see as a good activity using it! http://outreach.jach.hawaii.edu/birthstars/index.html

        • Re: Activities across the Curriculum

          David- I found that when teaching middle schoolers about astronomy they don't all get into it.  Some of it is because they can't seem to "relate" to the topic- because you can't make a real connection with something that is so far away.  What I like about the site you shared is a way for students to make a personal connection to a star - I shared my result below- I know that I am going to see if I can take a closer look for my star. 



          I hope that others will share other sites that have allowed their students to get "closer" to a topic.

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