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Starlight, Star Bright

Cathy Burgess
Bay District Schools


In this lesson, students learn about stars and make star pictures that are constellations. They take the information they have learned and write a simple report.


The student uses simple reference material to obtain information (for example, table of contents, fiction and nonfiction books, picture dictionaries, audio visual software).

The student uses complete sentences in writing.

The student writes simple informational texts (for example, two-step instructions in sequence, directions, reports).

The student knows and differentiates objects seen in the day and night sky (for example, clouds, Sun, stars, Moon, planets).


Day 8

-Suggested book, [The Sky Is Full of Stars], Franklyn Branley, Harper, 1990
-Suggested poem,
-[Busy Kids Songs and Rhymes, Preschool and Kindergarten], The Education Center, 2000
-Large TV with Internet access (optional)
-Hole punch machine
-Black construction paper 8x11 (one for each student)
-Yellow construction paper for dots, 10 to 15 per child (use a hole punch to do this)
-Glue (one bottle for every two students)
-White crayon or chalk (one for each student)
-Chart paper
-Markers (1 or 2)


1. Gather materials: chart paper, hole punch machine, black and yellow construction paper, glue, white crayon, and markers.

2. Punch out dots; about 10 to 15 for each student.

3. Make sure your TV and Internet are working.

4. Put star report checklist on the board for students to refer to.

5. Download the poem, “Connection to the Stars” and write it on chart paper.


Day 8 of the Eye in the Sky unit

Remember to mention the Night Watchers Club, so everybody is on task with the work outside of school.

1. Call students to circle time. Ask someone to tell you what is in the day and night sky. Ask students to tell what they have observed in the night sky. Add moon, sun, and sky to the word wall. This is a good time to talk about the planets, stars and constellations and how they are found in the night sky. Remind students that the earth is in the sky, too. It is the planet we live on. There are nine planets in the sky that revolve around the sun. Some stars seen at night are actually far away planets. Say: Guess how many stars are in the sky. (Accept reasonable answers) Let’s find out!

2. Read the book [The Sky Is Full of Stars]. Talk about groups of stars being star-pictures or constellations on pages 11 & 12, and how they are found in the night sky with the moon and planets. Stars are hot gases that glow. Tell students this book has information about the night sky. It is like a dictionary or encyclopedia and many of the non-fiction books we have used as reference materials. (Show the ones you have used so far) Remind them that we use reference materials to get factual information.

3. (Optional) Tell students there are 88 constellations in all. This is a good time to look at them together on the Internet with a big TV. Show Leo the Lion and Orion because they are mentioned in the book. Also show The Bear and how the Big Dipper is a part of it. The Big Dipper is one the students can easily find in the night sky. Ask them to look for it when they are observing the moon tonight. While you are looking at stars on the Internet, this would be a good time to show students the nine planets. Tell students these Websites give factual information and are reference materials just like the books we have been using.

4. Now ask: What star picture could you make? Give them a few minutes to think about it and then hand out construction paper, yellow dots, and a white crayon. Tell students: Use the dots to make a picture. The dots are a model of the stars in the sky. Glue the dots to the black construction paper and use a crayon to connect the dots. Give your star picture a name.

5. When the pictures are complete, ask students to write a simple report about stars seen in the night sky as a group on chart paper. Hand out the checklist and go over the criteria. The report must have

* A title

* Facts or true statements

* About four complete sentences

* Use one reference material or book with factual information about stars

6. Remind them we must write complete sentences. Show the triangle-writing chart and go back over the steps of writing a complete sentence. Review the following:

* Each sentence must make sense.

* Each sentence should have a noun, which tells who or what the sentence is about. It’s a person place or thing.

* Each sentence should have a verb that shows action or finishes the thought.

* Each sentence should have an adjective that describes.

* Add a, an, or the.

* Check capitalization and punctuation.

7. Now write the report together. Elicit facts and sentences from the students. You are demonstrating and practicing together how to write a simple report. When the group activity is complete, go back over the report and use the checklist to make sure all the parts are there. Formatively assess oral answers given by students on stars found in the night sky. In the simple report listen for

* A title.

* Factual statements that are written in complete sentences.

* Stars are seen in the night sky.

* Students state what reference material they used

8. To end the lesson, introduce the poem “Connection to the Stars.” Recite it several times so students become familiar with it. Relate it to the star pictures made earlier and say how nice the poem sums up what they did earlier in the lesson with their star pictures.

9. Tell students tomorrow is the first Summative Assessment. Tell them the class will review together before taking it.


Formatively assess that students know and can differentiate objects seen in the night sky by observing oral statements on content of the standard given in step #7 in procedures.

Formatively assess that students use simple reference material to obtain information, and write simple informational texts in step #7 in the procedures.


1. Put hole punched dots, construction paper, and white crayons in the science center for students to explore and make more constellation pictures.

2. The Beacon Unit Plan associated with this lesson can be viewed by clicking on the link located at the top of this page. (Or by using the URL Once you select the unit’s link, scroll to the bottom of the unit plan page to find the section, Attached Files. This section contains links to the Unit Plan Overview, Diagnostic and Summative Assessments, and other associated files (if any).

Web Links

Use this Website with the class to view constellations.

Use this Website with the class to view the planets.

Attached Files

Star poem and checklist are included in this file.     File Extension: pdf

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