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Lockhart Students Are Seeing Stars

The night sky was visible during the day, at least in fifth grade classrooms at Lockhart Elementary School in the Massapequa School District. In studying astronomy, students made constellation boxes.

Each student chose a group of stars and printed out and image of that constellation. The picture was taped to the outside of a shoe box, and he or she punched holes through the box at the spot of each star. At the other end of the shoe box was a rectangle cutout. Anyone holding the shoebox up to a light and looking through the cutout could view the constellation.

Additionally, students made spectroscopes, which allowed them to analyze the light that comes from stars. Different elements produce different color patterns, so by looking through those tubes the students could determine the composition of stars.

 

Photo caption: Lockhart Elementary School fifth grader Chloe Legate, left, looked through a constellation box while Carly Schuler used a spectroscope.

 

Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District

 

 

 

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