Refine Your Results

Content Curators

Grades

Subjects

Resource Types

Standards

Now... gain access to over 2 Million curated educational videos and 500,000 educator reviews to free & open educational resources

Get a 10 Day Free Trial

575 resources with the concept stars

Videos (Over 2 Million Educational Videos Available)
How Computers Work: What Makes a Computer, a Computer? Video
5:10
How Computers Work: What Makes a Computer,...
Who was Frederick Douglass? Video
3:07
Who was Frederick Douglass?
Women's History Activator: Eleanor Roosevelt Video
5:34
Women's History Activator: Eleanor Roosevelt
Other Resource Types ( 575 )
Lesson Planet

ScienceWeb Australia: Years 9-10

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Science Web Australia presents a collection of three units designed for English speaking high schoolers and utilizing resources available online. The first unit focuses on ecosystems, the second on plate tectonics, and the third on the...
Lesson Planet

Our Universe

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A five-lesson unit introduces young astronomers to the current understanding of the universe. They learn about the evidence scientists use to support the Big Bang Theory, explore the life cycles of stars, and examine technologies that...
Lesson Planet

The Outer Planets: Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A long time ago, a galaxy formed that contained a solar system with eight planets—or nine depending on who is counting. A collection of 22 lessons has middle schoolers examine the Outer Planets of the solar system. They calculate the...
10 Items in Collection
Lesson Planet

Astronomy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Space is the new frontier and astronomers boldly go where no humans have gone before. Guided by Einstein's theories, Kepler's Laws, and knowledgeable narrators, viewers of a 10-video collection explore the Universe and learn about...
8 Items in Collection
Lesson Planet

Solar System Printables Collection

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Use this ABCmouse collection to make learning about the solar system an out of this world experience! From word tracing to coloring pages, there is a wide range of activities to choose from. Create your FREE ABCmouse for Teachers account...
11 Items in Collection
Lesson Planet

Farm Printables Collection

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Teach your class about the farm with the ABCmouse.com! This collection includes coloring pages, a word search, and color-by-numbers pages. Access these and thousands of other resources for Preschool through 2nd grade at...
18 Items in Collection
Lesson Planet

Let's Go To Space! - SciShow Kids

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Take a journey to outer space with a collection of 18 captivating videos by SciShow Kids. Videos cover a variety of topics related to space and astronomy, and showcase key terms and real-world images.  The host, Jessi, and her cartoon...
14 Items in Collection
Lesson Planet

Space Science: The Sun and Its Influence on Earth

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
These videos by Crash Course Kids are an excellent way to get your class pumped up about the solar system. From rotations and revolutions to the gas giants and rocky planets, everything (and more) about the solar system is covered in...
Lesson Planet

Space Science: Introduction to Stars

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Take a crash course in astronomy with a video playlist from Crash Course Kids! Each video is short, engaging, and informative for both future astronauts and science teachers eager for a fun take on the stars.
Lesson Planet

Scale of the Universe II

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How is a dodo bird like a beach ball? Science sleuths discover amazing size comparisons using a hands-on Internet resource. Individuals examine the metric scale of objects and organisms ranging from the smallest possible to the largest...
7:00
Lesson Planet

5 Amazing Stars We’ve Discovered in Space

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Scientists estimate as many as 400 billion stars may exist in our galaxy alone. As part of a larger physics series, an out-of-this-world video introduces five amazing stars. Each star holds the record in something!
11:03
Lesson Planet

Why Star Stuff Matters: Crash Course Big History #202

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Carbon makes all life on Earth possible, not to mention most technology and progress. The 12th video in a 16-part series explains the significance of being made of star stuff. From the formation of chemical elements to the rise in...
14:36
Lesson Planet

Exploring the Universe: Crash Course Big History #2

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
According to Carl Sagan, we are all made of star particles. The second video in a series of 16 explains what happened after the big bang. It discusses cosmic background radiation, chemistry, galaxies, heavy elements, and the creation of...
7:01
Lesson Planet

Five Amazing Stars We've Discovered in Space

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Between 100 billion and 400 billion stars exist in the Milky Way Galaxy. The video discuses five amazing stars with unique characteristics. Most pupils know about red giants but need to learn more about hybrid stars—here is a great video...
Lesson Planet

Starquest

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Almost every ancient culture observed the stars and saw pictures in the patterns. Studying stars allowed them to guide travelers, determine when to plant crops, when to harvest food, and the stories surrounding the images include some of...
4:00
Lesson Planet

How Many Stars Are There?

For Students 6th - 12th
Starting with a seemingly simple question, a video covers how many stars are visible with the human eye. Then it explains how many stars are in the Andromeda galaxy next to ours. The most interesting part is when you view a single square...
Lesson Planet

Stellar Fingerprints and Doppler Red Shifts

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young scientists observe the spectra of elements and compare that to the Doppler effect. Hook scholars from the beginning all the way to the extension activities in this 5E-format lesson. 
1 In 1 Collection
Lesson Planet

The Science of the Sun

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
There's more to that glowing ball of light in sky than most children realize. From the overall structure of the solar system, to the changing of the seasons, these hands-on lessons open the eyes of young scientists to the important role...
11:03
Lesson Planet

Scale of the Large

For Students 8th - 12th
For pupils to understand the relative size of the universe, Sal makes a relatable comparison. The progression from the size of a man to the size of a galaxy is explained in terms of each object relative to the next. The multiples of...
Lesson Planet

GoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad - The Astronomy Star Guide

For Students 6th - Higher Ed
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...
Lesson Planet

Seven Stars

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Students examine the stars and constellations. In this Seven Stars lesson, students manipulate logarithmic formulas to discover star properties.  Students read the story of the Seven Stars in the Crow culture and discuss the brightest...
Lesson Planet

The Sun, Moon, and Our Solar System: Teacher/Student Notes

For Students 3rd - 5th
Introduce basic Earth and space science to your budding astronauts. This handout works in two ways, the first part provides information about the sun, moon, eclipses, and Earth to be read to or by the class. The second part is composed...
Lesson Planet

Reading and Writing About the Solar System

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Utilizing the classic Magic School Bus series, young scientists explore the solar system. Some excellent worksheets are included in this plan, such as Planet Roll Call and Solar System in Motion. This is an ambitious 5-day unit that...
1:57
Lesson Planet

Elmo In The Sky

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Elmo asks the sun about things he finds in the sky. Miss Sun describes herself then the moon comes up and describes himself too. Dorothy the fish imagines Elmo dancing on the moon. Elmo sits on a rainbow and the moon explains what a...
Lesson Planet

Star Stories

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
An unusually inventive and entertaining presentation awaits you and your class. The first few slides introduce the animals that certain constellations represent. There are also creative stories by other students of fictitious animals...
Lesson Planet

Science Lesson for Grade 12

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders perform dihybrid crosses and calculate phenotype and genotype ratios. In this series of science lessons, 12th graders explain the process of anodizing aluminum. They research on the benefits and harm caused by resonance...
Lesson Planet

Time of Slavery

For Teachers 5th
Young historians learn about abolitionists, The Civil War, Frederick Douglas, and so many more details about slavery in this highly engaging presentation. Teachers could use this as a whole class review and discussion tool.
Lesson Planet

Teach This Poem: “Dead Stars” by Ada Limón

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewPay attention! A lesson plan featuring Ada Limon's poem "Dead Stars" is designed to help learners develop their noticing skills. Class members first study the constellation Orion's image and list what they notice and how the image makes...
Lesson Planet

Space Jell-O

For Students 6th - 12th
New ReviewA tasty treat lends its curious substance to space exploration. Mimicking the discoveries of Albert Einstein, young astronomers beginning by making a batch of Jello-O, then four hours later, scholars place edible objects that act like...
Lesson Planet

Teach This Poem: "Toward the Winter Solstice" by Timothy Steele

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewTimothy Steele's poem, "Toward the Winter Solstice," offers scholars an opportunity to consider what poets and scientists could learn from each other's work. First, learners examine a NASA image of a star-forming region in the Orion...
Lesson Planet

Star Light, Star Bright? Finding Remote Atmospheres

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
People might be able to breath there. Learners view a simulation of a planet passing in front of a star. Using data from occultations of planets with known types of atmospheres, scholars determine whether the simulated planet has an...
Lesson Planet

Agent Exoplanet

For Students 6th - 12th
Not everything revolves around the sun! Believe it or not, there are planets, called exoplanets, that orbit stars other than our sun. Learners use an interactive online resource to research several of these planets. They learn about the...
Lesson Planet

Measure the Age of Ancient Cosmic Explosions

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Supernova explosions mark the end of a star's life. Guide the class through an investigation that uses data to calculate the age of a supernova remnant. Using provided data and online software, they analyze data to determine the radius...
Lesson Planet

Play Bingo with Charles Messier

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Let's play an out-of-this-world Bingo game! Using pre-made Bingo cards and an online randomizer, host a game of Bingo to practice identifying the objects of the cosmos. Pupils must match a picture shown to a similar picture on their...
Lesson Planet

The Cosmic Distance Ladder: Parallax

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Scientists don't have a ruler long enough to measure to the stars, so they rely on math. Scholars learn to calculate the distance from Earth to a star using the parallax method. They use angle measures from different perspectives to...
Lesson Planet

Star In a Box (Paper-Based)

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Do stars age gracefully? Young astronomers use colored paper and data on luminosity and temperature to model the changes of a star during its lifetime. They then compare models of stars of different mass and radii. 
Lesson Planet

Star In a Box

For Students 6th - 12th
Stars may all look the same from down here, but their surfaces tell a different story. Using an animation, learners collect data about the temperature and luminosity of stars and compare them to their mass and radius. They then answer...
Lesson Planet

Blinded by the Light!

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils learn of multiple ways astronomers look for planets outside of the solar system. By completing a hands-on activity, scholars discover that trying to see the planets directly because of the glare from the nearby star is nearly...
Lesson Planet

Cosmic Connection

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Do you see what I see? Individuals view eight images from the Hubble Space Telescope and then determine exactly what is being shown in the images. The pictures range from the rings of Saturn to views of billions of galaxies that take up...
Lesson Planet

What Do You Know About Stars?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Illuminate the information about stars. Pupils respond to 10 multiple choice questions about stars. The questions cover topics such as the size of the Milky Way Galaxy, the Sun, and the life cycle of a star. The resource works as a...
Lesson Planet

The Milky Way Galaxy

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Just how big is the galaxy? Learners read information about the size of the Milky Way galaxy to better comprehend its size. Pupils develop an understanding of the number of stars in the galaxy by finding just how big a billion is and...
Lesson Planet

What Do You Know About Astronomy

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Develop an understanding of the universe. Learners answer 10 multiple choice questions about several topics in astronomy. Questions contain information about the age of the universe, gravitational attraction, galaxies, planets and comets...
Lesson Planet

What is Astronomy?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Go study the universe. Pupils learn seven aspects about astronomy and astronomers. They begin to learn about constellations; distance and motion between objects; gravity; the electromagnetic spectrum; dark matter and energy; and teams of...
5:30
Lesson Planet

The Dust Bunnies That Built Our Planet

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What are space dust bunnies and why are they important to us? Pupils explore space dust bunnies and how these particles helped form the planets. To understand the phenomenon, class members investigate the chemistry behind dust particles...
10:14
Lesson Planet

Spinning Black Holes

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Why is the spin of a black hole important? Scholars explore spinning black holes and how they relate to momentum, matter, and mass. They investigate the different parameters that are used to measure black holes by understanding how they...
Lesson Planet

Utah Open Textbook: Earth Science

For Students 9th - 12th
From the vast universe to natural disasters, Earth Science studies phenomena both near and far. A complete textbook offers informational resources for a high school Earth Science course. Chapters include topics such as the universe,...
Lesson Planet

What is a Constellation

For Students 1st - 5th Standards
Why do some stars in a constellation appear brighter than others? Using a get-up-and-move astronomy activity, scholars explore perspective and the appearance of constellations in the sky while developing an understanding of the...
Lesson Planet

The Big Bang Time Machine

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scholars take off on an interactive spaceship to explore a historical timeline of the big bang theory. They learn about the evolution of mammals and humans, the formation of stars and planets, and the chemical composition of the early...
6:06
Lesson Planet

Meet Icarus: The Farthest Star We've Ever Seen

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Baby stars on the outside of the galaxy allow the Milky Way to grow. One installment of a larger SciShow Space series shares the details of the growth and the rate of change in the galaxy. It also explains how scientists found the...
6:57
Lesson Planet

We Don't Actually Know Where the Sun Came From

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Stars come from families, but scientists aren't sure where to find the sun's relatives. Learn more about identifying star families and the confusion about the sun. As part of a larger SciShow Space series, an interesting video offers a...
6:51
Lesson Planet

3 Weird Stars You Can See with the Naked Eye

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
From the ground, the big dipper looks like it's made up of seven stars. Closer inspection with the naked eye reveals one star in the handle actually contains two binary stars. By viewing with a telescope, more detail uncovers the set of...
5:52
Lesson Planet

This Star Might Be Hiding Undiscovered Elements

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Przybylski's star, a well-researched star discovered in the 1960s, presents a few mysteries for scientists. The current theory mentions it contains many large, unstable elements that don't exist on Earth. Learn more about the fascinating...
6:03
Lesson Planet

Could Life Have Survived in Mars's Ancient Lake?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Scientists proved Einstein wrong and in the process also proved him right. Scholars learn about two recent scientific discoveries in an interesting SciShow Space video. The first describes the possibility of life on Mars based on recent...
Lesson Planet

Distribution of Elements in Earth’s Crust

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do scientists know the difference between a meteorite from space and a regular rock from the earth? Scholars read a passage and answer comprehension questions about the creation of the solar system. They extrapolate the main ideas to...
5:31
Lesson Planet

The Milky Way May Have a Disk of Black Holes

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
With better technology comes better information. An interesting video presentation discusses the evidence that makes scientists believe black holes exist in our galaxy. The narrator explains what a black hole is and how one forms.
5:43
Lesson Planet

What We Learned from the Kepler Space Telescope

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
The Kepler Space Telescope ran out of fuel in October 2018. Learn what the telescope communicated to scientists before its demise! A video lesson from the SciShow Space series highlights the important data the Kepler Space Telescope gave...
5:16
Lesson Planet

The Life Cycle of a Neutron Star

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
From supernova to neutron star ... what's next? A video presentation describes a neutron star and its life in the universe. Learners then answer questions online to asses their understanding.
5:09
Lesson Planet

Nuclear Pasta May Be the Strongest Material Ever

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Do you ever feel like scientists have more fun naming new discoveries than actually finding them? Discover the fun they had while learning about the extremely scientific concepts of nuclear pasta, gnocchi, spaghetti, waffles,...
5:25
Lesson Planet

Neutron Star Merger Gravitational Waves and Gamma Rays

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Scientists have theorized about the merging of stars based on scientific theories and mathematical principles. For the first time, observation has confirmed these theories. Viewers share in the excitement of the discovery as they watch...
Lesson Planet

Light, History, Gravity, Distance, Relativity, and Space-Time

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Let the star's color be the guide! The color of a star indicates its temperature and its mass and distance affect the gravitational force. The lesson presentations address these concepts as well as how the theory of special relativity...
Lesson Planet

Lives and Deaths of Stars

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Star light, star bright ... just how long can you wish on that star? Well, it depends on its mass. The presentation explains the life cycle of stars based on their sizes. Scholars learn about the life expectancy of a star based on the...
Lesson Planet

Other Galaxies

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The Milky Way belongs to a cluster of galaxies called the local group and it could be considered our neighborhood! Use the PowerPoint to present information on the different galaxy types, both local and farther away. Scholars learn how...
Lesson Planet

Milky Way Galaxy

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
There is more about the Milky Way that scientists don't know than what they do know—that leaves a lot to discover! A thorough lesson presentation explores the components of the Milky Way Galaxy and their behaviors. 
Lesson Planet

Characterizing Stars

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Are brighter stars actually brighter? Turns out they are probably just closer! A presentation compares features of stars to our favorite star, the sun. In addition, solar lovers learn to classify stars based on their masses,...
Lesson Planet

Rotating Sky

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Ever found it difficult to observe the night sky with pupils because school takes place during the day? Host a stellar lesson using a detailed night sky interactive! Scholars view the apparent rotation of the sky from the comfort of the...
3:00
Lesson Planet

Black Hole Apocalypse | Stellar Life Cycles

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
All stars start with the fusion of hydrogen, but their life cycles vary greatly. The PBS 9-12 Space series introduces star life cycles and explains why they vary so much. Clear animations illustrate the pressure, fusion, collapsing, and...
12:35
Lesson Planet

The New Astronomy: Crash Course History of Science #13

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Sword duels, religious unrest, war—who says science is boring? Aspiring astronomers discover fascinating facts about the famous scientists that dared challenge the accepted model of the solar system in the 13th video of a 16-part History...
5:41
Lesson Planet

The Cosmic Origins of Earth's Water

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Was Earth born as a Blue Planet? Discover where water came from with a video from an intriguing science playlist. The resource covers the three most likely origins of water, how scientists differentiate between comet and asteroid water,...
4:13
Lesson Planet

The Future of Interstellar Communication

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Communication through the solar system is a challenging task. Sending probes to different locations in our solar system helps scientists learn about these bodies. As these probes are sent farther and farther from Earth, receiving their...
5:08
Lesson Planet

The Sun's Center Is 39,000 Years Younger Than Its Surface

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the theory of relativity in relation to spacetime! An intriguing lesson explains the concept of spacetime and how time does not change at the same rate for everyone. As a lesson in a larger solar system playlist, the video...
3:46
Lesson Planet

The First Star-Within-A-Star

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The nesting dolls of stars have been discovered! Although scientists believed it to be true, only recently have they located a star with a core of another star. The episode of a comprehensive solar system series describes how astronomers...
5:33
Lesson Planet

What Is Dark Matter? A Mystery of the Universe

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
If you can't see something, how do you know it's there? Welcome to the mystery of dark matter! Curious cosmologists explore one of physics' longest-running quandaries through an interesting video. Content includes who first proposed the...
4:22
Lesson Planet

The Smallest Star in the Universe

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
They may be small, but probably still mighty! The characteristics of what astronomers have defined as stars have a minimum size requirement. The tiniest stars pack a lot into a small package—and still have all the properties of their...
4:17
Lesson Planet

How Much of Me Is "Star Stuff?"

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Sugar and spice and everything nice ... and a little bit of star stuff! An enthusiastic presentation describes the elemental makeup of the human body and how these materials originated in a red giant star. As an episode of a larger solar...
4:59
Lesson Planet

Zombie Stars Discovered!

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The walking dead of the sky have been discovered! As a recent discovery, much is yet to be determined, but it is clear zombie stars do exist. An episode of a larger solar system playlist explains how a special supernova leaves behind...
4:12
Lesson Planet

Hardcore Metal Stars

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Astronomers classify all elements that are not hydrogen or helium as metals. Their "heaviness" causes turbulence that may form metal stars. An installment of a comprehensive solar system series explains how scientists believe these stars...
3:28
Lesson Planet

Does the Sun Have Long-Lost Siblings?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The sun is missing a few branches from its family tree! A fact-filled lesson from a solar system playlist describes the characteristics of our sun that help identify its siblings. Stars that form from the same cloud typically have the...
3:56
Lesson Planet

The Biggest Stars in the Galaxy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Study the giants of our universe with a video lesson. A descriptive lesson from a solar system playlist compares hypergiant stars to other bodies in our galaxy. The lesson instructor explains the origin and the composition of these...
4:44
Lesson Planet

The Fastest Runaway Star in the Galaxy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
There's one in every group! It turns out there are rouge stars in our universe that don't follow the rules. An episode of an extensive solar system playlist describes the behavior of hypervelocity stars and how they interact in our...
4:20
Lesson Planet

400 Million New Stars in Our Galaxy!

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The greater the technology, the better our understanding of our galaxy. An intriguing lesson from a solar system video series discusses the discoveries of the Gaia space observatory. With the release of the first 3D map of the Milky Way,...
5:28
Lesson Planet

The Star That Trolled Astronomers

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is it a bird, or a plane, or a blinking star? Scientists discovered in 1967 what they later determined to be a pulsing star. An episode of a larger solar system playlist discusses the chemistry behind the existence of this type of star.
5:23
Lesson Planet

There's Going to Be a New Star in the Sky

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
There's something to look forward to in 2021 or 2022! Although the actual event occurred almost 2,000 years ago, the appearance of a new star will become evident from Earth in a few short years. The video instructor from the solar system...
4:36
Lesson Planet

3 Stars That Shouldn't Exist

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A video lesson attempts to explain the unexplainable. The video instructor focuses on three unique stars that have characteristics that astronomers have difficulty explaining. The installment of a solar system playlist includes a heavy,...
3:24
Lesson Planet

Extreme Hypothetical Stars

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
They should exist ... but do they really? Scientists use what they know to predict what should and should not exist. An installment of a larger solar system series looks at the scientific prediction of different stars that have yet to be...
4:33
Lesson Planet

The Mysterious Origins of Our Galaxy's Fastest Stars

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Many phenomena in space are yet beyond scientific explanation. An episode of a video series on the solar system discusses two recent topics of interest: Uranus' magnetic field and hypervelocity stars. The presenter explains what we know...
5:27
Lesson Planet

Do Any Stars NOT Have Planets?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The universe is littered with planets orbiting their suns. The video instructor outlines different methods scientists use to detect these exoplanets. As an installment of a larger solar system playlist, the video discusses current and...
4:53
Lesson Planet

Diving Into the Sun!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The sun's environment is as extreme as it gets! Young scholars watch an installment of a solar system video series to understand the composition of the solar system's star. The instructor discusses the energy and light transfer from the...
11:20
Lesson Planet

Everything You Should Know about Trappist-1 Exoplanets

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Have we found the next Earth? Join the host of an interesting physics series as she learns what scientists know about the planets orbiting the star Trappist-1 during an engaging video. Astronomers discuss how they located the system,...
4:46
Lesson Planet

Why Is The Universe So Empty? (ft. PHD Comics!)

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Explore the structure of the universe! An educational video demonstrates the gravitational consequences of different astronomical structures. The presenter starts with the creation of the universe and explains how energy and forces...
1 In 1 Collection 5:57
Lesson Planet

What Are White Dwarfs?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
White dwarfs are stars that refuse to die. A video begins with an explanation of the three fates of dying stars. The presentation explains the composition and life expectancy of a typical white dwarf.
1 In 1 Collection 5:37
Lesson Planet

What Are Neutron Stars?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What happens at the end of the life cycle of a star? A lesson in the Socratica Astronomy playlist shows three ways a star dies: white dwarf, black hole, and neutron star. Each ending depends on the mass of the original star.
4:16
Lesson Planet

We Are Made of "Star Stuff"

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Explore the validity of a famous quote by Carl Sagan, "We are made of star stuff." An episode of the ACS Reactions playlist explains how deteriorating stars became the origin of all the elements in our world. Learners consider different...
Lesson Planet

Lives of Stars

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Stars exist from a few million years to over 10 billion years, depending on their mass. Scholars perform a play acting as stars to learn about their different life cycles. They develop an understanding of many of the fundamental concepts...
6:39
Lesson Planet

Starstuff and Nanodiamonds

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The Field Museum owns materials older than our sun—can you believe that? An enlightening video displays and discusses some of these. It explains where they come from, how they formed, how they survived this long, and what we know about...
10:59
Lesson Planet

Why Cosmic Evolution Matters: Crash Course Big History #201

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Does reality exist, or are we just a part of a larger virtual reality game someone is playing? A mind-bending video explains why we study cosmic history. It presents details about the start of the universe and more accurate predictions...
5:10
Lesson Planet

Atoms As Big As Mountains—Neutron Stars Explained

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What is the densest object in the universe? Neutron stars claim many unique properties—including the title of densest object—that are extreme, even for our universe. The video explains how neutron stars form and why it is important for...
5:51
Lesson Planet

The Last Star in the Universe—Red Dwarfs Explained

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Up to 75 percent of the stars in the Milky Way are red dwarfs, yet we can't see any from Earth. The video explains what makes red dwarf stars unique. It highlights the potential for finding aliens or a planet humans could live on once...
7:13
Lesson Planet

Death From Space—Gamma-Ray Bursts Explained

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
A gamma-ray burst might have caused the mass extinction 450 million years ago. The video introduces the concept of gamma rays and gamma-ray bursts. Then it explains what happens if they were to hit Earth and why we can't prepare for any...
6:28
Lesson Planet

The Last Light Before Eternal Darkness—White Dwarfs and Black Dwarfs

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Have you ever wondered how the universe will end? The video offers a look at the progression into eternity. It explains how humans might exist living by a white dwarf once all of the other stars are gone. Then it details the death of the...
6:29
Lesson Planet

ESS1A - The Universe and Its Stars

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
Is there a broader topic than the study of the universe? A video lesson for teachers provides insight into the progression of lessons on the topic from elementary through high school. Examples and descriptions give teachers solid...
3:56
Lesson Planet

Where Did The Earth Come From?

For Students 6th - 12th
What are we made of and where did all of this stuff come from? From the Big Bang to star dust, the narrator of an entertaining video explores many different theories. Scholars learn the sequence of events that had to occur to create the...
Lesson Planet

Scale Activities

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
How do you put something as large as the universe in perspective? Use a series of scale experiments. Classmates collaborate around four experiments to examine the scale of the earth-moon system, our solar system, the Milky Way galaxy,...
9:28
Lesson Planet

Circles in the Sky

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The North Star changes — it was previously Thuban but now is Polaris, and in the future, it will be Vega. The video discusses the cycles observed in the sky with only your eyes. It focuses on the zodiac constellations and why they are...
2:09
Lesson Planet

Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle

For Students 9th - 12th
What do you get when astronomers rewrite beloved children's songs? THIS! Hear the tune Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as it was meant to be — from a scientist's perspective. Physics scholars follow along to a scientifically correct version...
11:22
Lesson Planet

Everything, The Universe...And Life

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Are we alone? With thousands of exoplanets orbiting stars near and far, it's a question that has plagued astronomers for many years. Examine the facts and probabilities in a thought-provoking video. The narrator discusses the search for...
15:14
Lesson Planet

Deep Time

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Are our universe's days numbered? Yes and no, depending on how you look at it. Travel as far into the future as possible in a video describing the five ages of the universe. The narrator begins the tale in current days, which are the...
11:59
Lesson Planet

Dark Matter

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Turn to the dark side! Learners discover the facts about the matter you can't see and can't interact with, yet, it may make up 85 percent of the universe. The narrator explains what we know about dark matter, how it changes the behavior...
15:34
Lesson Planet

Galaxies, Part 2

For Students 6th - 12th
Worlds within worlds! Journey to galaxies near and far with a thought-provoking video. Young astronomers learn how scientists detected very distant galaxies using their electromagnetic signatures far outside the visible range. Other...
12:05
Lesson Planet

Galaxies, Part 1

For Students 6th - 12th
Sometimes fuzzy, sometimes irregularly shaped—and occasionally cannibalistic? These are just a few of the remarkable galactic facts contained in a short video that's sure to amaze! The narrator describes the four main types of galaxies,...
11:13
Lesson Planet

The Milky Way

For Students 6th - 12th
Where does Earth fit in the grand scheme of things? Find out in an intriguing video filled with facts and beautiful images! Learners journey to the center of the Milky Way to discover how our galaxy works. The narrator describes the...
12:15
Lesson Planet

Nebulae

For Students 6th - 12th
A star is born! Introduce young astronomers to the characteristics of nebulae in a narrated video. Discover what they are made of, why some reflect light and others glow on their own, and the locations of several notable nebulae. The...
10:35
Lesson Planet

Star Clusters

For Students 6th - 12th
Take your class to the next level of star gazing and introduce them to star clusters with an entertaining video. The narrator explains the differences between open and globular star clusters. Pupils also discover the ages and orbiting...
12:25
Lesson Planet

Black Holes

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Here's a black hole video that will definitely pull you in! Give pupils something to ponder as they explore the depths of the strangest entities in the universe. Topics include stellar mass and supermassive black holes, what you'd...
11:05
Lesson Planet

Brown Dwarfs

For Students 6th - 12th
Not quite a star, not quite a planet ... what are brown dwarfs? Young astronomers learn the peculiarities of these heavenly bodies through a short video. The narrator explains the characteristics of brown dwarfs and the different types....
11:20
Lesson Planet

Distances

For Students 6th - 12th
How can you determine the distance between two objects when one is incredibly far away? Discover how early astronomers and mathematicians calculated quantities such as the distance between Earth and the Sun in an insightful video. The...
Lesson Planet

Basic Geometric Definitions: Collinear Constellations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The stars are aligned for a great interactive resource. The interactive contains a graphic of Ursa Major. Given a movable ray, pupils check to see if the three stars that make the handle are collinear. They investigate the constellation...
12:00
Lesson Planet

Binary and Multiple Stars

For Students 6th - 12th
Twinkle, twinkle little star(s)? Many of the stars above us are not alone! The narrator in the video explains the delicate balance present in binary and multiple star systems. Pupils learn about stars that orbit one another—and even...
12:56
Lesson Planet

Neutron Stars

For Students 6th - 12th
This is one heavy video! Introduce the topic of neutron stars with a brief but informative resource. Young astronomers discover the history of neutron star research, the conditions present in and around a neutron star, and the...
12:16
Lesson Planet

High Mass Stars

For Students 6th - 12th
It's better to burn out than fade away! Viewers experience the birth of neutron stars and supernovae in a video that explains the life cycle of high mass stars. Learners see the conditions needed to produce these events, as well as the...
11:09
Lesson Planet

White Dwarfs and Planetary Nebulae

For Students 6th - 12th
Like a phoenix, planetary nebulae rise from the ashes of a star's demise. Young science scholars view stars in the white dwarf phase and the planetaries that sometimes occur in the aftermath. The video explains the composition of...
12:02
Lesson Planet

Low Mass Stars

For Students 6th - 12th
What happens when stars run out of fuel? Pupils learn the incredible sequence of events that occur as a star nears its end. The video compares and contrasts the events in low- and high-mass stars, detailing the cycle of fusion, energy...
11:49
Lesson Planet

Exoplanets

For Students 6th - 12th
The night sky is filled with stars in every direction. But, is there anything around those stars ... like planets? Explore the galaxy in a search for other worlds with an engaging video. Topics include the methods used for locating...
10:40
Lesson Planet

Stars

For Students 6th - 12th
Star light, start bright! What do the brightness and color of stars tell us about the stars we see at night? Learners explore the life of stars with an information-packed video. Topics include the relationship between mass and...
12:03
Lesson Planet

The Sun

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Our future literally depends on the sun. The video introduces the sun as a star. It explains the plasma magnetic fields, sunspots, solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and more. It concludes with how we rely on the sun, how we protect...
11:16
Lesson Planet

Naked Eye Observations

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
For thousands of years, humans observed the night sky without the help of a telescope. The video explains the many amazing discoveries they made and how we still rely on them today. It details the constellations, various colors of the...
3:29
Lesson Planet

Why are Stars Star-Shaped?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
We know stars are giant balls of plasma, so why are they drawn as pointy star shapes? The video solves this mystery through an explanation of how lenses work both in our eyes and in telescopes. It also discusses the proper way to color a...
3:53
Lesson Planet

Why Is It Dark at Night?

For Students 9th - 12th
Don't keep your physics class in the dark about night—introduce them to the concept with a short animated video! The narrator discusses how the Big Bang set our universe into an ever-expanding motion where the stars we observe now appear...
1:31
Lesson Planet

Tour of the Map of the Big Bang

For Students 9th - 12th
Tour the universe from the comfort of your own desk! View the video to learn more about bigbangregistry.com, an interactive map of the great beyond. Pupils discover cosmic background radiation, the oldest light in the universe. The...
Lesson Planet

Atomic Colors

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Stars are too hot to visit, so how do we know what different stars are made of? An enlightening simulation uses a spectrum graph to show the various electron emission and absorption reactions. Scholars experiment with both helium and...
5:01
Lesson Planet

Structure and Composition of the Earth

For Students 9th - 12th
Why is Earth different from other planets? What makes it so special, anyway? It's only fitting to delve into how the "parent" rock was formed in the first installment of a seven-part series about rocks and rock formation. Amateur...
Lesson Planet

How Light Pollution Affects the Stars: Magnitude Readers

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
Did you know light can decrease visibility? Light pollution absolutely makes it more difficult to see stars. Scholars build a simple magnitude reader to determine the magnitude of stars. They use these data to estimate the impact of...
Lesson Planet

The Engine of Life

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
There is a specific zone, or distance from a star, that a planet must be in order to have water in a liquid form. The activity demonstrates how flux density depends on its distance from the source. A photovoltaic cell gets power to drive...
Lesson Planet

Sun, Stars and Moon

For Students 1st Standards
Learners read about the objects we see in our night and day skies before answering five short answer comprehension questions.
Lesson Planet

Star in a Box

For Teachers 5th - Higher Ed Standards
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.
Lesson Planet

Navigation in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Ancient texts, like Homer's Odyssey, mentions navigating ships by observing constellations. Pupils learn about the link between history and astronomy as they relate to navigation in the Bronze Age. Scholars complete two hands-on...
1 In 1 Collection 1:19
Lesson Planet

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Sing along to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with a music video featuring two children on a camping trip and the friendly animals that enjoy watching the night sky.
Lesson Planet

H-R Diagram

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
As a star ages its composition, size, and temperature change. Using an interactive simulation, learners explore these changes over the lifetime of a star. They see the change in temperature and luminosity graphically and a visual...
Lesson Planet

Blackbody Radiation Interactive

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Noting the color of a star is equivalent to taking its temperature! A creative lesson describes the connection between a star's temperature and the color it emits. As pupils interact with a simulation, they learn how to connect the...
Lesson Planet

Stellar Spectroscopy Interactive

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Stars seem to be a far away mystery... but it turns out we know much more about stars than one would think! An engaging lesson shows learners how to read a light spectrum to determine the temperature and chemical makeup of a star. They...
Lesson Planet

Stellar Parallax Interactive

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
How are scientists able to measure distances between stellar bodies? Turns out it's not very easy! Learners explore the process of trigonometric parallax as the method of determining these distances. They experience the same challenges...
Lesson Planet

Neutron Stars Interactive

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
The universe is full of sources of energy. Explore the energy of pulsars with your classes through a simulation. An interactive lesson allows learners to manipulate the angle of rotation of both the earth and the pulsars. A real-time...
Lesson Planet

Binary Stars Interactive

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
A celestial body's distance from Earth makes studying its characteristics much more difficult. Learn how scientists use indirect measures to determine the size of stars. The interactive activity has individuals adjust the size of binary...
Lesson Planet

Extra Solar Planets Interactive

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Studying what you can't see can be challenging. Discover how scientists use indirect measurements to prove the existence of planets and estimate their sizes. The introduction explains the symbiotic movement of planets and stars during an...
Lesson Planet

Living in the Milky Way

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Get to know our galaxy with an astronomy-themed, hands-on activity. Scholars watch an informative video, answer questions, and construct a model of the Milky Way in order to examine its contents and the distance inside it.  
Lesson Planet

Star Light, Star Bright

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Star light, star bright, first star I see ... wait a minute, where did the star go? Scholars complete a simulation that measures the brightness of a distant star as another object passes in front of it. Learners move the passing object...
Lesson Planet

Make a Star Lantern

For Students 1st - 4th
Go star-gazing with young learners! They study the history, origins, and patterns of constellations in an activity that explores the starry night sky.
Lesson Planet

Universe Cards

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
A 9-page packet comes with 24 cards that have pictures and informational text about each object in the universe. From nebulae to dwarf planets, objects we see—or don't see—are represented in the cards through pictures and words.
2:18
Lesson Planet

Shapes Song

For Students Pre-K - 2nd Standards
Sing along to a simple, yet informative, music video featuring eight shapes—square, circle, triangle, rectangle, star, heart, oval, and diamond.
3:30
Lesson Planet

Gold: The Big Bling

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Heart of gold, gold mine, good as gold, gold digger. Why is gold so fascinating and such a focus of popular expression? Is it due to rarity, its shine, or some other factor? Here's a video that focuses on how gold is made and provides...
9:51
Lesson Planet

How Do We Measure the Distance of Stars?

For Students 9th - 12th
While a cosmic distance ladder sounds like fun, it is actually the name given to the variety of methods astronomers use to determine the distance to objects in space. This video examines the method of determining the distance of a star...
1 In 1 Collection
Lesson Planet

Patterns and Fingerprints

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Human fingerprint patterns are the result of layers of skin growing at different paces, thus causing the layers to pull on each other forming ridges. Here, groups of learners see how patterns and fingerprints assist scientists in a...
2 In 2 Collections
Lesson Planet

Life and Death of Stars

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There are 200-400 billion stars in our galaxy alone! Here, scholars explore the continuous cycle of a star's birth, life, and death. Individuals also take a look at black holes, created from this cycle, through videos and by creating...
3:31
Lesson Planet

How Many Stars Are There?

For Students 9th - 12th
Are there more stars in the universe than grains of sand in the sea? This video looks at the way scientists attempt to answer this question by using data from NASA and focusing on observable space.
1 In 1 Collection 3:44
Lesson Planet

Constellations: Connect the Dots in the Sky!

For Students Pre-K - 5th Standards
Discover the night sky's dazzling array of stars and constellations with a captivating video that details various figures and the history behind them. 
1 In 1 Collection 3:08
Lesson Planet

What Is the Milky Way?

For Students Pre-K - 5th Standards
The Milky Way is the focus of an engaging video that details the galaxy in which we live, equipped with an energetic host, a cartoon sidekick, and eye-catching graphics.   
1 In 1 Collection 3:38
Lesson Planet

What Are Stars?

For Students Pre-K - 6th Standards
What are stars and how do they work? Find out with a peppy video that examines hot balls of gas, the sun, and several constellations. 
1 In 1 Collection
Lesson Planet

Create Constellation Flash Cards #sciencegoals

For Students Pre-K - 6th Standards
Get the inside scoop on constellations from Jessi and Sam the Bat in a captivating video that also supports study skills using flashcards. 
Lesson Planet

Space Based Astronomy

For Students 5th Standards
How much astronomy can you study with the naked eye? Learn more about the ways scientists explore the galaxy with a short reading passage and set of short-answer questions.
4:08
Lesson Planet

Astrobiology and the Search for Alien Life

For Students 9th - 12th
Are we alone in space or is there life on another planet? This question is the key to astrobiology. The video explains the many types of scientists working to answer the question and divides them into two groups. Then it focuses on what...
3:58
Lesson Planet

Great Minds: Henrietta Leavitt and the Human Computers

For Students 9th - 12th
For most people, it would seem impossible to make breakthroughs in astronomy when you aren't allowed to use a telescope, but Henrietta Leavitt did just that. She discovered a formula for determining the distance to stars that are...
1:58
Lesson Planet

Life Cycle of Stars

For Students 9th - 12th
Introduce your young astronomers to the life cycle of stars, from protostar to either white dwarf or black hole, with a short video that provides a brief overview of the process.
5:32
Lesson Planet

The Far Future of the Universe

For Students 6th - 12th
Did you know that the stars are moving? We can't see it during our lifetime, but they are slowly moving and rearranging themselves. The video offers a timeline of the future of our universe and the earth. It starts from today and goes to...
Lesson Planet

Communication Through Space

For Teachers 7th - 12th
If humans do find aliens, how would we communicate with them? An intriguing lesson walks through some of the challenges associated with this question. How long would a message take to reach a specific destination, what language should we...
Lesson Planet

Raisin Bread Universe

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What is the universal breakfast? The resource includes two activities, the first one observing oatmeal to understand the texture of the universe. Then, scholars measure raisin bread dough before and after it rises to represent the...
1:04
Lesson Planet

The Life Of A Star Explained In 1 Minute

For Students 9th - 12th
We know about many different life cycles of animals and plants, but did you know stars also have a life cycle? The video illustrates the life of a star in under one minute from the formation of helium to the collapse of the star. 
Lesson Planet

Discovering Some of Your “Yardsticks” Are Actually “Meter-sticks”

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The Milky Way gets great reviews on Trip Advisor — 100 million stars. The activity allows scholars to rethink their assumptions and prior knowledge. Pupils observe a set of two lights at equal distance and brightness, but they believe...
Lesson Planet

Just How Far is That Star?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils often wonder how we know the distance to various stars. Starting with a thought experiment and progressing to a physical experiment, they determine the brightness and distance to various stars. The evaluation requires critical...
1 In 1 Collection 1:34
Lesson Planet

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars

For Students Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Starry-eyed scholars can tap their toes to the catchy tune of an informative music video! The song highlights interesting facts about the sun, moon, and stars.
1 In 1 Collection 5:10
Lesson Planet

Glow On

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Why do stars appear to glow? And why is it that some stars seem brighter than others? This is the focus of a video that explains how stars get their glow and how apparent brightness is determined by distance, rather than size.
1 In 1 Collection 6:34
Lesson Planet

Seeing Stars

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
What are all those shiny things we see in the sky at night? It could be a star, planet, or asteroid! This is the focus of a video that helps viewers distinguish between these three objects in the sky.
1 In 1 Collection 3:03
Lesson Planet

Here Comes the Sun

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Get to know Sol with this fast paced, kid-friendly video featuring the closest star to Earth, the sun. Super scientists take part in a quick pop quiz, then learn all about Sol's size, distance, and how it creates and sends energy to Earth.
1 In 1 Collection 4:09
Lesson Planet

The Zodiac Constellations

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
What's your sign? Astronomy and astrology come together in an engaging and informational video. It takes viewers through the Zodiac constellations, including the name, sign, and short history of these names.
3:31
Lesson Planet

The Ecliptic

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Where in the universe are we now? Teach your future astronauts and astronomers about the Ecliptic, the imaginary line that tracks the Earth's rotation throughout the year. 
1 In 1 Collection 3:49
Lesson Planet

Constellation Location

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Location, location, location! Learn about why your location on Earth is a determining factor in which constellations you can see at night during different parts of the year.
1 In 1 Collection 4:59
Lesson Planet

Super Stars (Constellations)

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Why do people locate and name constellations? How do constellations help us map a starry night? Learn about stars and constellations with a short, informative astronomy video.
1 In 1 Collection 4:26
Lesson Planet

Star Personalities

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Reach for the stars with a fun space science video! Viewers learn about the different types of stars in the galaxy, as well as the ways to organize and classify them based on color and age.
Lesson Planet

The Sun and the Stars

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
How are the stars similar to the sun in our galaxy? Learn all about the solar system with a reading excerpt about the sun and the stars. Kids read an informational passage before they answer questions about reading comprehension,...
Lesson Planet

Build Your Own Galaxy

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Don't just look at pictures of the Milky Way galaxy, build it with this hands-on activity in which scientists recreate the galaxy we live in.
4:34
Lesson Planet

Where Does Gold Come From?

For Students 6th - 12th
Your class will never believe that their gold jewelry originated in outer space, but it's true! Learn about the way Earth's gold supply originated in a supernova and became integrated with our planet's terrain with a short, informative...
Lesson Planet

Our World

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
There's a beautiful world all around us! Learn about the features of our planet with a series of activities designed for English learners. Kids sing, dance, and read about nature with fun lessons and interactive play.
Lesson Planet

The Stars

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Three astronomy activities in one resource! Here you will find one hands-on activity, one demonstration, both with discussion questions, and one activity worksheet. During these lessons young scientists discuss how stars are different,...
Lesson Planet

The Year and Seasons

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Turn your classroom into a live demonstration of how the earth and sun interact to create the four seasons. Using a globe, a light source, and a series of constellation cards, super scientists discover how the motion of these...
Lesson Planet

Star Review

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
No telescope is required to figure out what is twinkling bright in the sky. The knowledge of stars is all you need.  Is it Betelgeuse, Sirius B, or Beta Centauri? Test middle and high schoolers' skills with this star review.
4:37
Lesson Planet

The Law of Conservation of Mass

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
This short video simply explains the Conservation of Mass with graphics that show the atoms being conserved in pictures of balanced equations. The connection between mass and energy is explained and Einstein's energy equation is mentioned.
4:42
Lesson Planet

How to Detect a Supernova

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
While a star explodes every second or so in the observable universe, we can't observe a supernova in its first moments. Discover the fascinating science behind how astronomers and physicists are attempting to detect supernovas early with...
Lesson Planet

The Solar System: An Introduction to the Sun

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Brighten up your teaching of the solar system with this middle school astronomy lesson. Over the course of these five activities, young astronomers get an up close and personal look at the sun as they watch videos, read articles, explore...
Lesson Planet

Round and Round We Go — Exploring Orbits in the Solar System

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Math and science come together in this cross-curricular astronomy lesson plan on planetary motion. Starting off with a hands-on activity that engages the class in exploring the geometry of circles and ellipses, this lesson plan then...
Lesson Planet

Constellation Project

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Aspiring astrologers select a constellation and research the story behind its name, how many stars it includes, which civilization named it, and various distance measurements. Every learner in the class will research a different...
Lesson Planet

Create a Constellation Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Provide your class with the opportunity to come up with their own constellation. Using a real star chart, pupils sketch out new constellations and label the stars with their real names. Individuals then compose myths about their...
Lesson Planet

Project: Myth Project – Constellations

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Myths and constellations are often connected. Show your class the relationship between the two with a cross-curricular project. For the first part of the project, individuals research their chosen constellation and write a brief report...
8:35
Lesson Planet

The Life & Death of Stars

For Teachers 4th - 8th
This video takes up where the other video in this series leaves off. Discussing what the color of stars mean and where they come from, the narrator describes the nature of red giants, white dwarfs, blues, and stars like our warm, yellow...
7:22
Lesson Planet

Parallax in Observing Stars

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Parallax is the apparent change of an object determined by the line of sight. Sal defines the concept of parallax and applies it to how we determine the relative distance between us and near-by stars. He draws a diagram to illustrate...
2:29
Lesson Planet

Tell Me Why: Stars Twinkle

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Do you know why stars twinkle? You will after watching this clip from "Tell Me Why." A top astronomer explains that stars twinkle because of the earth's imperfect atmosphere. Each imperfection or irregularity cause the light from the...
8:59
Lesson Planet

Birth of the Universe, Part 3/4

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Part three of this four-part series on the origins of the universe describes the radiation that can be heard in static radio signals and the other amazing remnants left today that were around at the time the universe was born. Stars,...
7:45
Lesson Planet

Galaxies, Part 2 of 3

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Part two of this three-part series asks us to think what life would be like if we lived in a binary star system. We are also introduced to black holes and Einstein's theory of relativity. A great clip shown in its three-part entirety or...
2:48
Lesson Planet

3 Questions: Star Dating

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Three great questions are posed and a top astronomer answers them. Watch and learn why knowing the age of a star is important, if you can age a star from home, and if there are any new ways scientists use to date stars. This is an...
9:12
Lesson Planet

Star Light

For Teachers 4th - 8th
What can scientists learn by studying starlight? Isaac Newton discovered that the light a star gives off can help us determine how near or far stars are from the earth. Learn about parallax shift, the distance of stars, their brightness,...
9:02
Lesson Planet

Birth of the Universe, Part 4/4

For Teachers 7th - 12th
One of our most helpful tools in understanding the universe is the Hubble Space Telescope. Part four concludes this series with a story about the issues and triumphs of the Hubble Space Telescope. The elements of the universe and where...
6:13
Lesson Planet

Nebula and Star Birth

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Travel to the giant nebula 9GC3603 with Dr. J. He'll take you along and explain what astronomers have found in this distant arm our of own Milky Way Galaxy. Gorgeous images of star birth, clusters, and a blue super giant are shown. This...
4:34
Lesson Planet

The Beauty Of Stars Being Born

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Deep in the Orion Nebula, stars are forming all the time. Not only that, but proplets or proto-planetary disks are forming as well. Some of the stars could become warm enough and large enough to cause the protoplanets to become new...