Starry Night Middle School for grades 5-8 is the only space science curriculum that combines an interactive sky simulator, lesson plans correlated to state and national standards and extensive teacher resources in one easy-to-use package.
Important Advantages of Starry Night Middle School
No need to update software. You are always using the latest version every time you login.
Easier installation and maintenance.
Works over the internet with a modern web browser.
Accessible on most devices, including Desktop Computers, iPads, Chromebooks, and Tablets.
Here's how it works
Students log in to the Starry Night curriculum and begin by opening the Product Tour which explains how to use the application. Students then navigate through the 26 logically flowing lessons, running the many simulations and making observations. They answer questions inside of the application. The homeschool instructor is given a comprehensive teachers guide containing assessments, answer keys and helpful resources. Starry Night is scalable therefore you can use as little or as much of the curriculum as you wish.
What Makes Starry Night Middle School Great!
Teachable Moments feature keeps content fresh and relevant by providing educators with auto updates of new lessons, exercises, simulations, and phenomena!
Built-in lesson plans correlated to state and national standards that meet curriculum needs
Accurate visualizations and simulations that allow students to make precise observations of Moon phases, motions of the Sun and planets, seasons, eclipses and much more
Interactive computer exercises and hands-on activities that encourage questioning, experimentation and exploration and accommodate diverse learning styles Pre- and post-assessment resources with recommendations for improved student performance
Flexible teaching models for easy adaptation to pacing and classroom needs
Opportunities to develop key skills: observation, data collection, analytical thinking and discovery
Extensions that connect to topics in math, physics, language arts, social studies and technology
The Latest Innovations
All Exercises underwent a comprehensive review and update
Exercises have been enhanced with Guiding Questions, Key Concepts, Did You Know's, and dozens of new images to help illustrate phenomena
Expanded asteroid catalog with highlighted/highlightable families and groups
Analemma can now be drawn on a planets surface
Exclusive Extragalactic 3D Database includes over 100,000 galaxies encompassing over 1 billion lights years of space
Stunning new user interface with Search, locates sky objects, and more
New highly detailed surface textures of planets and major moons
Expanded set of “Space Missions” including 30 new detailed and accurate 3D models of spacecraft and their trajectories. Updates to new/ongoing missions
Hundreds of unique object descriptions for stars, planets, moons, satellites, deep sky objects and, more
Restyled SkyGuide with updated tours and media
Updated Messier catalog with new visually stunning images for star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies
Starry Night embraces the5Emethod of science instruction and lesson planning: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. These are the STEM cornerstones of good science. Lessons correlate to both the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), the US National Science Education Standards and the Common Framework of Science Learning Outcomes in Canada.