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Sky Paths: Studying the Movement of Celestial Objects
This lesson plan is part of the Center for Educational Resources (CERES), a series of web-based astronomy lessons created by a team of master teachers, university faculty, and NASA researchers. The activities in this lesson are designed to give students solid experiences of observing, organizing, comparing, and describing the movement of objects they see in the sky. Students will also learn how early cultures created stories to explain objects in the sky, and make their own stories to explain their observations. This lesson contains expected outcomes for students, materials, background information, follow-up questions, and assessment procedures.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-362
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Form and function
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Position and motion of objects
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
        • Objects in the sky
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Center for Educational Resources (CERES) Project'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: George Tuthill
Montana State University

Principal Investigator: Kim Obbink
Montana State University

Publisher: NASA Center for Educational Resources Project