My students need 6 telescopes in order to view the stars at night for our "Night with the Stars."
Do you remember going outside and looking at the stars at night? Now imagine being able to see twice as many stars with a telescope.
The students at my school live in a rural community where farming is a major part of many of their lives.
Just like any 8th grader they enjoy texting their friends, playing sports and video games, and of course staying up late. Many of these students have never left the state in which they live.
As a teacher, we know that learning is best achieved by doing. Therefore, when teaching about the stars, the best way to do this is by seeing them. I would like to begin hosting a "Night with the Stars," where students can come back to school at night to view the stars with a telescope. It is one thing to see 2000 stars without a telescope, but a whole new experience when using a telescope. Many of the students have never used let alone seen a telescope. Eventually this "night" could be expanded where my students then host a "night" where younger students come to view the stars. My students have now become the teachers.
Earth Science curriculum is tough for teachers because not many things can be brought into the classroom for students to experience.
However, the sky above us at night holds an unlimited amount of possibilities. Students will be doing science by seeing the stars first hand with these telescopes. Their "Night with the Stars" will be one they remember forever and can then share their knowledge with others.
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