Math Science Nucleus Field Trips
California Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards

Stars and Constellation (1-5)      We all look at the stars and wonder "What is up there?" Students make their own star (super-ball) and compare the stars by the heat they generate.  Students go into the Miller Star-dome and learn to recognize constellations and learn the myths behind them.  Classes are leveled to the specific grade.   Limit: Limit: 2 classes,  64 student

The following are activities students will do
1. Make a super-ball star
2. Look for constellations in the north and south hemispheres
3.  Constellation Song
4.  Read “Bear and Baby”
5. Journey into the Miller Star Dome to identify constellations found in our night sky
6. Make a Star Dial of Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Standards arranged by Disciplinary Core Ideas.  Codes in parenthesis represent Performance Standards.  For more detailed information visit

ESS1.A:  The Universe and its Stars
Patterns of the motion of the sun, moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, and predicted. (1-ESS1-1)

5-ESS1-1  Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is sue to their relative distances from Earth

Ca Science Standards

First Grade: Investigation (4a,e)
hird Grade: Earth Science  (4a,b,c,d,e)   
Fifth Grade: 
Earth Science  4(a, b, c)