What Are White Dwarfs?

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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Pair the lesson with others in the series to create a unit on the life cycle of stars
  • Flip your classroom by assigning the video as homework; use class time for questions and discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider monitoring YouTube comments if making available for independent viewing
  • An entertaining presentation holds viewers' attention
  • Highlights key scientific vocabulary throughout the lesson
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