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Students discuss the life of a star and the different types of stars after watching the Discovery video "Exploring Stars". They create a flipbook that demonstrates the life of a star after collecting information on the life cycles of small, medium, and large stars.
How Big Is That Star?
Aspiring astronomers study stars. They compare stars and explain the relationship between radius, mass, and diameter. By creating a star simulation, they discover how a binary star system's orbit can cause changes in the observed brightness of the system. This is a terrific space science investigation or practical application of ratios and proportions.
Young scholars examine the stars and constellations. In this Seven Stars lesson, students manipulate logarithmic formulas to discover star properties. Young scholars read the story of the Seven Stars in the Crow culture and discuss the brightest stars as viewed from Earth.
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Digital compass alignment enables navigation of the skies with true orientation at any time. Just point to the sky or "aim for the stars!" This application acts as a virtual telescope, allowing you to zoom in on any object that is visible to the human eye.
Explore the Characteristics of Stars with Microsoft WorldWide Telescope
Students explore the characteristics of stars. In this space science lesson, students use the Microsoft WorldWide Telescope program to identify the properties of stars and identify the stars in the galaxy.
Stars and Galaxies
Young scholars complete pre reading, writing, during reading, and interdisciplinary activities for the book Stars and Galaxies. In this reading lesson plan, students complete journal entries, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Dark Matter: How Does it Explain a Star's Speed?
Studying spiral galaxies can make your head spin! With this video, find out how astronomers calculate a galaxy's rotational speed, and how the prediction that the outermost stars slow down does not seem to be true. The mystery may be solved by the presence of mysterious dark matter. Perhaps by showing this, you can inspire your space scientists to be the one who finally proves its existence! Because of the brevity of the clip, you may want to simply embed it within your own presentation.
Star Light, Star Bright, Really Big Star I See Tonight
Eighth graders differentiate apparent magnitude and absolute magnitude scales. In this astronomy lesson, 8th graders rank stars in terms of its brightness as observed from Earth. They explain what a light year is in their own words.
Demonstrating the Distances of Stars
Learners examine the distance from Earth to stars. They create a model to show the arrangement of constellations. They also identify the importance of the parallax effect.
The North (Wall) Star
Students engage in a lesson which shows them that celestial navigation is the art and science of finding one's geographic position by means of astronomical observations, particularly by measuring altitudes of celestial objects - sun, moon, planets or stars. Students measure angles, calculate averages and create a bar graph and calculate circumference.
Why do Stars Rise in the East?
In this stars rise in the east worksheet, students use geometry to show how the Earth rotates from west to east and why celestial bodies appear to rise in the east and set in the west. Students draw a figure and label given points in order to solve 6 problems and construct a proof.
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Birthday Stars
Space explorers take a virtual trip around the sun right within your classroom! They stand in a circle facing away from the "sun" (a lamp) in the center of the room. As they move according to your instructions, they view different constellations that you have posted around the room. As a result of the exercise, pupils will comprehend the relationship between the positions of the sun and the earth. Use this vivid activity in your earth and space curriculum, especially when addressing Next Generation Science Standards for your fifth and sixth graders.
Space Science: Star Scramble
Students play a matching and sequencing game to discover facts about star life cycles. In small groups, they attempt to match their star stage and stage description cards in chronological order. Students can also research the terms and create their own definition cards.
A Field of Stars
Learners discover the earth can be compared to the shape of an apple, having a spherical shape, and has a north and south pole. They listen to the story, "A Field of Stars" and then observe as the apple is cut open on the equator to reveal the stars inside (the seeds).
Star Gazing: Understanding the night sky
Learners observe star charts to understand the difference between a star and a planet. In this star lesson plan, students also explain why we see different stars at different times of the year.
Preschool Lesson Plan: Moon and Stars
Students explore space science by reading night sky related stories. In this astronomy lesson, students read the book One Round Moon and a Star for Me and other space science books. Students create cookies shaped like the stars and moon before creating visual art of a night sky with construction paper.
Polar Star Book Quiz
In this fiction books worksheet, learners complete seven multiple choice questions about the book, "Polar Star." These questions contain concepts such as choosing the correct author, who published the book, when it was on the New York Times best seller list, and more.
Stars and Planets Connect the Dots
Reach for the stars with this cute connect-the-dots activity! Kindergartners practice their counting and number sequencing by connecting the numbers 1 through 6 or10 in four different shapes. A rocketship is completed for them as an example. At the bottom, they write in four numerals missing from a sequence of 1 to 10. When they're finished, have the kids color the pages and display them in your classroom.
A Needle in Countless Haystacks: Finding Habitable Worlds
Extraterrestrial life? What makes life possible? What makes a habitable planet? These are the questions explored through this video. Some of the concepts presented include the essentiality of water for life and how its liquid form is not easily found in the universe. The size of a planet, the presence of an atmosphere, and the distance from its star combine to allow for liquid water. Perhaps you could use this resource as a fun enhancement when teaching a space unit.
The Spectrum of a Star
Tenth graders identify stars based on their line spectra. In this astronomy lesson plan, 10th graders analyze spectrograph and determine the elements present in the star. They explain the relationship between temperature and star classes.