Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun


Where can you find Leo the lion?

How can you bring a constellation into your room?

What are the oldest stars?

How did the Milky Way Galaxy get its name?

Now you can explore the answers to these and other questions in Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid. Find the constellations Draco, Libra, Hydra, Hercules, and many more from your own backyard. Make a star disk ...

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Where can you find Leo the lion?

How can you bring a constellation into your room?

What are the oldest stars?

How did the Milky Way Galaxy get its name?

Now you can explore the answers to these and other questions in Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid. Find the constellations Draco, Libra, Hydra, Hercules, and many more from your own backyard. Make a star disk that can track star movements. Find out what a balloon can tell us about stars. With activities like making an astronomer's flashlight and a shoebox planetarium, Janice VanCleave's Constellations for Every Kid will have you reaching for the stars.

Each of the activities begins with a statement of purpose, followed by a list of materials, step-by-step instructions, expected results, and an easy-to-understand explanation. Every activity has been pretested and can be performed safely and inexpensively at home or in the classroom.

Also available in this series from Janice VanCleave:

Describes twenty of the most prominent constellations, including the Big Dipper, Orion, and Cancer, explains how to locate them, and provides instructions for related activities.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
This addition to the entertaining and educational "Science for Every Kid" series provides fascinating information and activities that focus on constellations. The useful introduction explains how the 24 chapters are organized, including a definition and background information on the topic, questions, answers, exercises, an activity, and solutions to the exercises. The appendixes contain star maps for each season, and star and constellation lists. The many black-and-white drawings, maps and diagrams add to the book's usefulness. An index and glossary are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8VanCleave turns her attention to the stars in this series entry. Each chapter begins with "What You Need to Know," followed by a "Let's Think It Through" example or two, and includes an activity (most commonly something to make) and several exercises with answers. Simple drawings and diagrams illustrate the various points and principles. After introducing some general concepts ("Night Lights," "Milky Way," "Sky Address," etc.), the author then focuses on a different constellation in each chapter. While ostensibly describing how to locate that constellation, she introduces an impressive array of topics and provides a variety of activities such as constructing an astrolabe and measuring azimuth and altitude, demonstrating precession, and simulating a dark nebula. On the whole, the presentation is clear if a bit dry. However, readers will need to pay careful attention and refer to the diagrams to follow some parts of the discussion. Students looking for the stories associated with constellation names will not find them here, but if they take the time to do the exercises and activities they will learn a great deal about observing stars. With its simple line drawings and "textbooky" format, Constellations probably won't attract browsers, but serious students and teachers will be well rewarded.Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471159797
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/15/1997
  • Series: Science for Every Kid Series , #115
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 722,241
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

JANICE VANCLEAVE loves to teach kids about science. She's the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the bestselling Science for Every Kid and Spectacular Science Projects series.
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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

Night Lights: Examining the Lights in the Nighttime Sky.

Changing Sky: Determining Visible Constellations at Different Locations.

Around and Around: Locating Northern Circumpolar Constellations.

The Queen: Locating the Constellation Cassiopeia.

The King: Locating the Constellation Cepheus.

Sun Path: Locating the Zodiac Constellations.

The Teapot: Locating the Constellation Sagittarius.

Summertime Patterns: Locating the Summer Constellations.

The Kneeler: Locating the Constellation Hercules.

Autumn Patterns: Locating the Autumn Constellations.

The Hero: Exploring the Constellation Perseus.

Wintertime Patterns: Locating the Winter Constellations.

The Hunter: Locating the Constellation Orion.




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