Teacher Review For Star Walk Kids - Astronomy for Children

Out of this world learning for young kids

Jess L.
Classroom teacher
Melvin E Sine School
Glendale, AZ
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My Grades Pre-K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
As much as I love the constellation gyroscope, this app stands out to me because of the simulations/animations when it comes to my students (preschool students with autism). Space is a tough thing to understand, especially for young children. The cartoon-like graphics are appealing to young learners and illustrate concepts at their level. This app would be a great addition to a unit about space--letting students extend their thinking individually or in small groups. I am also planning to use this app during our upcoming Stargazing night at school.
My Take
I always have a couple of students who are fascinated by space, and this app really captivates them. It's a great teaching tool because space is relatively abstract for young learners.This app makes the stars seem more tangible when it maps out constellations on a handheld device. The animations/simulations help students understand the complexities of space in terms that are appropriate for younger ages. Additionally, this app provides opportunities to construct some of their own knowledge as they explore the constellations and the night sky.