Starry Night Middle School
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starry night middle school
Award-winning Starry Night Middle School for grades 5-8 is the only space science curriculum that combines an interactive sky simulator, lesson plans correlated to state and national standards and extensive teacher resources in one easy-to-use package.
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State adopted, Starry Night Middle School has proven to be a highly effective instructional tool that guides teachers and engages students in their explorations and understanding of the Universe.
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Winner of ComputED's Best Educational Software Award, Starry Night has been hailed by reviewers and educators for providing "such unique and compelling experiences that it is destined to change lives."
Meeting all your curriculum standards is easy with Starry Night Middle School, an integrated space science curriculum solution written by teachers for teachers.
Aligned to 5th through 8th grade national and state science standards, Starry Night Middle School introduces astronomy through innovative lessons that teach the critical space science concepts for science assessments.
Starry Night's realistic depiction of the universe and its stunning 3D graphics and multimedia make even the most complex and abstract astronomy topics easy to teach and understand.
Students will instantly grasp how movements of the Earth create seasons, why the night sky appears to move, and much more.
The ability to interactively manipulate time and space encourages questioning, experimentation and exploration. Guided inquiry-based learning lets students make their own observations and draw their own conclusions.
Research confirms that Starry Night is a highly effective science instructional tool. Recent studies have concluded that accurate visualizations of celestial phenomena are key to gaining a correct understanding of astronomical concepts.
Complete with formative and summative assessment tests, detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, student worksheets and computer exercises, Starry Night Middle School is sure to spark your students' fascination with the Universe.
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Award-winning Starry Night software allows you to re-create these stunning simulations:
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Windows: Requires Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, 500 MHz or higher processor, 128 MB RAM and 900 MB of hard disk space. 32 MB OpenGL capable graphics card. Minimum recommended monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
Basic support for joysticks recognized by Windows XP and Mac OS X.
The Welcome Screen introduces the student to using the SkyGuide interface and gives an overview the lesson.
Question 1: Is the Earth much closer to the Sun at any time during its motion around the Sun?
Question 2: Record the time of sunrise and sunset and the approximate direction of the Sun when it is at its highest point.
Question 3: Describe how the motion of the Sun is different in summer and winter.
Question 4: What do you notice about the tilt of the Earth as it circles the Sun?
Question 5: How much sunlight does North America get compared to South America?
Question 6: On which continent does the Sun shine more directly?
Extra credit can add another level of understanding beyond what is covered in the basic lesson.
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