Star in a Box

What happens to stars as they get older? A simulation takes pupils through the life cycle of stars based on their masses. The resource introduces the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and the common relationships and life cycle patterns observed.

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CCSS: Adaptable

Instructional Ideas

  • Use a computer lab to have pupils complete the simulation independently
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires prior knowledge of what a star is, what hydrogen burning or fusion is, how to use and read graphs, and the life cycle of stars
  • Use the included PowerPoint if scholars need a refresher on the life cycle of stars
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Simulation offers basic and advanced data analysis tables
  • Controls are intuitive and directions clear

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