What Are Stars?

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. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Review the many constellations, invite learners to observe the night sky to find as many as possible 
  • Draw constellations on black paper using white chalk 
  • Visit the library, or search on mobile learning devices, to locate additional information about stars
Classroom Considerations
  • An ad appears at the bottom of the screen towards the beginning of the video 
  • The astronomy video is the ninth resource in a series of 18
  • Class members can view comments and suggested videos if full screen mode is not set up
  • 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
  • Kid-friendly graphics and an energetic host enhances visual engagement
  • Bold vocabulary terms, pictures, and diagrams boost comprehension
Cons
  • The host speaks quickly; be prepared to pause, replay, or enable closed captioning