Constellations in the Winter Sky – Northern Hemisphere


Explore the Northern Hemisphere’s Winter constellations with this resource. What are the major constellations? What is the Greek Mythology behind them? What major stars will help guide them through the night sky? How is Orion the ‘key’ to locating the main constellations? What is the name of the North Star and which constellation is it in? What is the brightest star in the sky?

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Students will learn about the following constellations:

  • Orion
  • Canis Major
  • Canis Minor
  • Gemini
  • Auriga
  • Pleiades
  • Taurus
  • Draco
  • Ursa
  • Major
  • Ursa Minor
  • Cepheus
  • Cassiopeia

They will learn the location of the following stars:

  • Pollux
  • Castor
  • Capella
  • Procyon
  • Sirius
  • Betelgeuse
  • Rigel
  • Aldebaran
  • Capella
  • Polaris

They will also learn which constellations are called the Northern Circumpolar constellations PLUS the Greek Mythology behind these major constellations!

Student activity sheets include:

  • Fill in the blank (constellation and star names for the ‘Winter Sky’)
  • Draw and name (the five circumpolar constellations and the North Star)
  • Crossword Puzzle (in which they will use the information within the resource to gather answers)

Suggested follow up activities:

  • Assign students to go outside after dark, find and draw the constellations they see and can identify.
  • Visit a local planetarium


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