Step 1: Students view the image of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Students should complete a See, Think, Wonder Chart about this image.
Step 2: The teacher can then discuss the properties of space, orbit, stars, moon, and earth’s rotation. Have students experiment with these elements through movement.
Step 3: The teacher will explain that the earth is simply one piece of a much larger galaxy, just as each element in the painting is one element of the whole piece itself.
Step 4: Students will then be able to re-create one segment of the Van Gogh painting. Measure each section and provide each student with a piece of the painting.
Step 5: Put each student-created piece back into the overall painting and have students reflect on what connections they can make from this project to the elements of space
- Van Gogh’s Starry Night print
- See, Think, Wonder Chart
- Masterpiece Remix Lesson
- Computer, LCD projector, internet
- paper, paint, markers
Students can write about an element from the Starry Night painting and what they observed verses what they wondered about. They can create a story about why Van Gogh included that element and what it contributes to the whole picture.