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The following resources and activities will help children further investigate Polaris, the star that stays still, after they have listened to the Native American tale of “ Why the North Star Stands Still.”

Activities

Share the Story
Communicate the story of Negah and his climb up the mountain to reinforce understanding of why Polaris is the “still star”

"Drawing Conclusions" about Negah's Journey
Illustrate the Native American story of Negah and his journey up the magical mountain and how he became Polaris, the star that does not move

Star Gazing
Observe the night sky to find the Big Dipper, Polaris, and other star groups

It's Still Polaris
Investigate the changing night sky over the course of an evening and chart the circumpolar stars as they traverse the sky in a progression around Polaris

Related Activities

Zodiac Track
Explore the constellations of the zodiac and Polaris to reinforce understanding that Earth's rotation and axial inclination cause the apparent progression of stars across the night sky

Celestial Circles
Experience Earth's movement around our Sun to reinforce understanding about the “fixed” North Star and the apparent movement of the zodiac and stars through the year

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Last updated
May 21, 2007