Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment
Subject Areas: astronomy,
Timeline: when the sky is
clear and the nights are long
Purpose: to familiarize
students with the constellations; to teach
photography; to enjoy
- Talk to elders about the stars:
how they were viewed years ago, Native names,
- On a good night, go out with
camera and tripod, field glasses, or telescope. Film the
- use a fast (high ASA or DIN)
film such as Tri-X, Kodak 2435, or HP5
meter your shots; take over- and under-exposures; set
on "B" (leave the lens open for several minutes or
more) to show star movement.
- Use a guide to identify stars,
planets, shooting stars, satellites.
- Develop the photos; make a large
sky map with all information included.
- field glasses, telescope, clock
- Menzel, Donald H. (1962). Field
Guide to the Stars and Planets. Houghton
- a good supply house for lenses and
other parts: Edmunds Scientific, Hadonfield,
- Geophysical Institute, University
of Alaska Fairbanks
- Build a telescope.
- Try color film.
- Hook up a polar axis and clock
- Include the Northern