a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure. Modern astronomers divide the sky into eighty-eight constellations with defined boundaries.
The sky is an incredibly fascinating place! Unit Lesson: Constellations has been created to become familiar with and start to identify some of the major constellations. It includes the histories of the constellations and how to identify them, an art project, a field trip, and a final project.
Histories of the Constellations
In present day, there are 88 officially recognized constellations in the sky. You can reference a list of them here.
Make your own star wheel! As a contributor commented on the bottom of this link’s post, you can print it on cardstock or heavyweight paper (as long as it’s an appropriate weight for your printer to handle) and you can cover the two pieces with clear contact paper to make it more sturdy! While out star-gazing, use a dim red led flashlight to avoid destroying your night vision when identifying constellations or stars. White light will contract your pupils and you’ll lose about a magnitude of faint-end vision for about 15 minutes! (Thanks AstronoMariner!)
As the instructor, read up on how to best use a star wheel, (or planisphere as they are also known) here.