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Unit I Studies Stars at Drake Planetarium

Unit I students took a field trip to Drake Planetarium in early January. Unit I teacher Amy Kulhavik said students have been studying stars and constellations in class, including their history and where to find them in the night sky. They listened to stories about the origins of the names of constellations, as well as about the meanings behind the names. “When exploring stars, students learned why stars are different colors, such as red, yellow, and blue, due to the amount of heat and age,” said Kulhavik. “Our presentation at Drake focused on a story called, “The Drinking Gourd,” by F. N. Monjo. The book tells the story of how slaves used the North Star, a part of the gourd-shaped Little Dipper, to find their way to freedom.”