As teachers, we've been thrilled to watch the student's enthusiasm during this study. They've been eager to share their knowledge with peers and have asked innumerable questions. Deviating from our scheduled plans, we embraced this learning opportunity, and decided to share some apps and websites that students may want to explore more on their own.
Chase and Lexie started by sharing two apps on their iPad, Star Walk and Solar System. With Star Walk, you can hold the iPad toward the sky and it will display the constellation found in that position of the night sky. As you walk, new constellations become visible based on your location.
In addition, Miss Russell and I passed our iPhones around the class so each student could explore the free app Sky Map which works much the same way that the iPad's Star Walk works. They were enthralled as they passed the phone, and looked for constellations in our night sky.
As our studies continue, we will learn about telescopes, radiant energy, and gravity, too. We're eager to see where our next conversations lead, and are so fortunate to have such eager learners. We love it!