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Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 35, No. 28

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A huge dot-to-dot game is right above your head and you can playy it on an
any cloudless night.

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The
North
Star

My Stars!

Standards Link: Earth Science: Students know the
patterns of stars and that different stars can be seen
in different seasons.

Crown

Courtesy of
Northern Stars
Planetarium,
Fairfield, Maine.

Hercules
Lyra

Swan

Dragon
(Draco)

The Great Bear
(Ursa Major)

Star Power

The North Star or Polaris is not the biggest or the
brightest star, but it is the most important. It stays
in the same spot and can be used to find other stars.
Travelers use it to find their directions when they
don’t have a compass. The two stars at the tip of The
Big Dipper’s bowl help you to find the North Star.

(Ursa Minor)

(Cygnus)

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The Big Dipper
is part of the
constellation
The Great Bear
(Ursa Major).

The Little Dipper or
The Little Bear

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Star Chart for the
Northern Sky

For thousands of years, people
have looked at the stars in the sky
and imagined shapes and patterns.
The ancient Greeks saw that some
stars formed groups that reminded
them of people or animals or things
like arrows and crowns. Today, we
call groups of stars that make up
pictures constellations.

Cassiopeia

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he ancient Greeks contributed more than
the Olympic Games to the world. It was
in Athens that people first invented
democracy, a government by the
people, for the people. Ancient
Greeks also contributed greatly
to modern astronomy.

Look at the pictures
of the constellations
on this page. Find
them in the star map
you see here. Then,
on the next cloudless
night, look for them
in the sky.

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Use the Kid Scoop Secret
Decoder Ring to discover the
name of this book by Kathleen
Krull and Paul Brewer, which is
available at the library. To fill in
the blanks, find the letter on the
outer ring, then replace it with the
letter below it on the inner ring.

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Stellar Shapes

(Corona Borealis)

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Like civilizations that came before them, ancient
Greeks gave constellations names. This one is a
magical animal called Pegasus. Connect
the dots to see 13
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what he looks
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Bear Tails

An ancient Greek legend tells the story
of a beautiful woman named Callisto who
loved her son Arcas. One day the goddess
queen, Hera, became angry with Callisto
and turned her into a bear.

When Arcas went hunting he came upon
a bear in the woods. It was his mother,
but she couldn’t tell him.
Arcas was about to kill the bear when the king of the
gods, Zeus, changed him into a bear too. Zeus lifted the bears by their tails
and swung them into the sky. This caused their tails to stretch and that is
the reason the Great and Little Bears have long tails.
Standards Link: Literary Analysis: Comprehend basic plots of legends from around the world.

Seeing
Stars,
Dots,
Speckles,
Stripes
and Spots
Look through
the newspaper
and find and
cut out
pictures of
dots, spots,
speckles,
stripes and
STARS! Use
these to create
a new design.

Standards Link: Reading
Comprehension: Follow
simple written directions.

How many
telescopes can
you find on this
page?

STARS
ZEUS
BEARS
DIPPER
COMPASS
GREEKS
NIGHT
ANGRY
SHAPES
SWAN
PEGASUS
ATHENS
MAP
SKY
LYRA

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Standards Link: Reading Comprehension:
Follow simple written directions.

Find the words in the puzzle.
How many of them can you
find on this page?

W R P A T R V P A S
A L Y R A H A G T H
N A W S J M G D H A
A N G R Y I V I E P

A picture-book biography on
science superstar Neil deGrasse
Tyson, the groundbreaking
American astrophysicist whose
work has inspired a generation
of young scientists and
astronomers to reach for the
stars! Find out what inspired
his interest in space.

B S R A T S W P N E
G E Z E L D U P S S
T Q V B S K E E R G
P E G A S U S R Z W
M Y K S S A P M O C
Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recongized identical
words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns.

Constellation Dot-to-Dot

On one page of the newspaper, find and
circle the letters that spell the name of a
constellation. Connect the circled letters to
make a design. Decorate your design!
Standards Link: Spelling: Spell grade level appropriate words
correctly; Reading Comprehension: Follow simple written directions.

Gravity Poem
Write a poem or descriptive
paragraph telling what you like
or don’t like about gravity.

Kids Reading
to Dogs

A recent study revealed that a
“Reading to Dogs” program
could provide a comfortable
environment for a child to
practice reading rather than
read aloud to classmates and
family. Sometimes the factor
of making a mistake,
especially in front of their
peers, presents a reason to
avoid reading.
Look for a “Reading to Dogs”
program at your local library.
Volunteers bring therapycertified dogs who will sit
quietly while being read to.
Some programs even provide
cats or rabbits.
The results of these programs
have been very positive in
improving literacy skills.

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