For the constellations the only real option is to get outside and start looking.the big dipper
Easy one is Cassiopeia.
3 others are from using the big dipper - also just in case the dipper is not actually a constellation, it is a part of a the bigger one Ursa Maj and as such is technically termed as Asterism. An Astrism being that odd thing being a pattern of stars but not a constellation.
Right the other 3:
The 2 pointers in the big dipper point "up" to the Pole star. Go the other direction "down" and they point to Leo.
2nd, follow the handle round in an arc and you get to the red satr Arcturus. That is the main star in Bootes. Arcturus is prominent the others are not so but if dark they can be identified.
3rd: The 2 stars that form the top of the pan follow across the sky away from the dipper and you meet a bright star, that is Capella, the main star of Auriga.
So Dipper to 3 additional.
Another Asterism: Basically look up. Should see 3 bright stars. Called the Summer Triangle. Compose of Deneb, Vega and Altair.
Deneb is the main star of Cygnus and the stars can be fairly easily identified. Cygnus look for a sort of cross, with Deneb at the top. There are more the the cross bit but that is the easy bit.
Vega is part of Lyra and Altair part of Aquila, not many are overly bright except Altair.
Aquila is a bit "odd" I have seen 3 different ways of creating the constellation shape.
Suppose a simple guide is a planesphere, small easy and have the diagrams on them.
I like The Monthly Sky Guide by Ridpath and Tirion.
If there is anything to see then binoculars may help, at least a bit. But they are not the same as a telescope. Similar in a way but not the same.
So get outside and just quietly and steadily learn. Not overly hard, great fun and people seem impressed.
If possible add "Peoria" to your profile and where that is. I read it as Pretoria at first.
Edited by sg6, 23 August 2019 - 09:54 AM.