WHAT'S YOUR SIGN? THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE ZODIAC
What Preparation is Involved?
List of Materials:
Drawings (8.5" x 11") of the some of the zodiacal constellations:
These drawings can be glued to cardboard to help preserve them while they are in your students' hands.
Traditional dates (given by astrologers) of the Sun's "entrance" into
the signs of the Zodiac and a list of the dates of the Sun's actual
"entrance" into the signs of the Zodiac (as given by astronomers).
Empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls, 12 per group; easieast when provided by the students.
Enough construction paper (black, dark blue, brown, dark green, etc.) to cover one end of each paper roll.
Scotch tape to attach the construction paper to the rolls.
Pins to poke holes in the construction paper.
- Aluminum pie pan or other flat, round container with a rim
- Clay or play dough
- Horoscope predictions from the newspaper
- Toy top or other spinner
- Constellation-finder or star map
- Small rectangle of new aluminum foil for each student (Optional)
- 3" x 5" card for each student (Optional)
The Setup for each activity is included in the description for each
Estimated Class Time:
- CONSTELLATIONS: 1-2 class periods
- CONSTELLATIONS OF THE ZODIAC: 1-2 class periods
- PLANE OF THE ECLIPTIC: 1 class period
- PRECESSION OF THE EQUINOXES: 1 class period
- VIEWING THE ZODIAC CONSTELLATIONS: 1 class period
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