Plan #8 - Estimation of Destination
This lesson can be used along with a solar system unit or when the earth's rotation is being taught.
30 - 45 minute lesson
Before beginning this lesson, the teacher needs to read the following Native American Stories: "Her Seven Brothers", a Cheyenne legend retold by Paul Goble and "How the Big Dipper and North Star came to be", an Assiniboine legend retold by Jerome Fourstar. This can be done by reading the stories to the students or by having the students read the stories for themselves. My suggestion is the teacher read the story to the students regardless of grade level.
Students would have to have some background knowledge of the earth's orbit in our solar system.
Materials for the Classroom:
Globe toy top, paper towel rolls, black construction paper.
- Earth in the Solar System; Science as a Human Endeavor, Nature of
Student's will learn about the precession of earth's as it rotates about it's axis.
This lesson is a good example of how Native American culture incorporated earth science principles in their oral tradition.
Procedures for the Classroom:
Facts and Concepts:
Astronomers have been able to prove that the star is called the "North Star" because it lines up with the North Pole and this changes approximately every 26,000 years. In 3000, B. C., the North Star was Thuban, a star in the constellation of Draco. Presently the North Star is Polaris in the constellation Ursa Minor. In the year 15,000, the star Vega, in the constellation Lyra, will be the North Star.
Students at a more advanced level can learn about how a Gyroscope works.
The evaluation will be from the classroom discussion, and their model of the Big Dipper and North Star.