Spotlight on Media Centers: MS South Students See Stars

Media Specialist Mark Magliozzi and 8th Grade Science Teacher John Jones use STARLAB to teach students about the constellations of the January sky.

Media Specialist Mark Magliozzi and 8th Grade Science Teacher John Jones use STARLAB to teach students about the constellations of the January sky.


Media Specialist Mark Magliozzi and 8th Grade Science Teacher John Jones use STARLAB to teach students about the constellations of the January sky.

Astronomy books from the Media Center collection are available to provide added knowledge.

Media Specialist Mark Magliozzi and 8th Grade Science Teacher John Jones cooperatively taught students about the constellations of the January sky. Utilizing the STARLAB portable planetarium, a media resource of the Monmouth County AVA Commission, students discovered the wonders of astronomy, space, the planets, and the stars. Constellations such as Orion, Cassiopeia, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (Big and Little Dipper) were identified in terms of location, declination, compass direction, and time of night.

Mr. Jones and Mr. Magliozzi also regaled the students with the Greek Mythology surrounding each constellation. Additionally they discussed the various other cultures throughout history that have looked up at the night sky, wondered about the points of light, and created mythological stories of the human condition with a moral. Astronomy books from the Media Center collection were made available to the students to further their knowledge in this area.

Students also discovered the astronomical distances between planets and stars and calculated distances in terms of light years and miles. One student exclaimed, “I wish I had one of these!” “I know where you can get one for free,” was the response. “Just step outside on a clear night and look up.”

This STARLAB experience utilized a range of learning modalities and integrated skills from a variety of subject disciplines such as science, math, and social studies. The Media Center hosts cooperative events such as this, incorporating its many diverse available resources to create interdisciplinary learning experiences for the students.

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