Life and Death of Stars

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 their own star life cycles.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Watch all videos linked in the activity and pre-script questions to facilitate discussions
  • Have pairs or groups of students create star life-cycle posters
Classroom Considerations

  • Also appropriate for upper level middle schoolers
  • Number four out of a five-part unit
  • Be mindful of video lengths and allowing enough class time for discussion
  • 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
Pros

  • Incorporates a variety of teaching methods to make it interesting and easy for pupils to stay engaged; videos, a star interactive, visual aids, and an informational packet   
  • Suggests an extension activity plus other related useful links
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS