What summer would be complete without a bit of nighttime stargazing? I focused previously on Montessori-Inspired Astronomy Activities. Today, I want to focus more specifically on stars and constellations, a great unit study for the summer if you add some outdoor stargazing.
Here are some great resources from around the blogosphere for a Montessori-inspired star and constellation unit:
In a space-themed post, Counting Coconuts has activities for pouring star-shaped pasta, sweeping stars, tracing constellations, dot-to-dot constellations, star counting, and constellation pin punching/push pin work. Counting Coconuts also has a free Life Cycle of a Star printable. UPDATE: Even though Montessori schools and homeschools have been using push pins for pin punching for years, I think it’s time to change. Please read this sad post and consider an alternative to push pins, such as Montessori Services’ wood handled puncher.
Montessori for Everyone has free 3-part constellation cards.
Montessori Mom has free constellation and dot-to-dot printouts along with links to information about stars and constellations.
For Small Hands has a number of constellation materials that can be purchased, including constellation projection cards that you can use with a flashlight.
In its astronomy section, Wikisori has links to free printables for life cycle of a star, Libra constellation map, Virgo constellation map, Scorpius constellation map, and Sagittarius constellation map.
Have you been stargazing yet this summer?