Skip to contentContribute to ReadWriteThink / RSS / FAQs / Site Demonstrations / Contact Us / About Us

 

 

What’s Happening This Week

What’s Happening This Week

There is much more to explore in our calendar. Find other important events in literary history, authors' birthdays, and a variety of holidays, each with related lessons and resources.

More

 

Book Recommendations

Looking for age-appropriate book recommendations, author interviews, and fun activity ideas? Check out our podcasts.

Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

 

 

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

 

HomeClassroom ResourcesCalendar Activities

December 11

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon was born today.

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)

 

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon was born today.

Grades 4 – 8
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

Annie Jump Cannon was born today in 1863.  Cannon, who was deaf for nearly her entire career, studied astronomy in college and is responsible for developing a system for classifying stars based on decreasing order of surface temperature.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

Turn students' attention to the stars by pointing them toward the StarDate Constellation Guide, Enchanted Learning's Constellation page, and Norm McCarter's Constellation Legends.  After choosing and constellation and reading about it across multiple sources, students can share their learning by creating a trading card for their constellation using the Trading Card Creator interactive or Trading Cards app.

WEBSITES

 

 

RELATED RESOURCES

back to top

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Astronomy Poetry: Combining Poetry With the Content Areas

Students’ responses to this lesson will be out of this world after they’ve researched astronomy to write poetry and compile a poetry book.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Blast Off! Vocabulary Instruction Using a Virtual Moon Trip

3, 2, 1... Blast off! Students learn new vocabulary by taking a virtual field trip to the moon, read-alouds, creating a picture dictionary, and completing a final writing activity.