To start a new unit on Myths and Constellations, we showed a slide presentation of some of the main constellations. We then read some of the myths from the book: Constellations: A Glow-in-the-Dark Guide to the Night Sky. I kept looking for better introductions but these worked.
We also watched a short video from the History channel about Constellations.
In the computer lab, Mrs. Schoppe set up the students on Voice Thread and had them import their contacts from their GMail account in to Voice Thread. The scientists really liked it when they used "Clay Yourself" to build their Voice Thread avatar.
As we learn more about myths, the scientists are going to write their own myths to explain an natural world phenomenon. We plan to publish our myths on Voice Thread and use it as a collaboration tool to share our knowledge about myths.
In the Science Lab, we created our own "personal constellations" using a our name spelled out in grid format. We connnected the dots and then named it according to what it looked like.
We have some great constellations that the Great Greeks would be proud of.
We then photographed our constellation creations using digital cameras. These photos will upload to Voice Thread so that we can view them when we publish and play our myths.