This lesson about stars will draw on your students’ existing fascination and interest in space. The lesson introduces students to basic information about stars including the life cycle and types of stars. Students likely to do not realize the Sun is in fact a star, and that is briefly discussed as part of the lesson. The lesson may be used in conjunction with separate lessons related to the Sun, constellations, or galaxies. Depending on where students live, a night sky can be seen that is impressively filled with millions of stars.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Ask: What can produce its own light? Most likely will never be touched by a human? Are maybe some of the largest objects in the universe? You can see it as night and during the day? (Other star-related questions.)
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to share everything they may know about stars.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce stars to the class.
- Distribute Stars content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. You may choose to brainstorm a couple examples of ideas to help students get started. Once begun, circulate through the room to ensure students remain on task and assist when necessary. Allow sufficient time for students to complete the final copy. Access to computers may be needed.
- Once all pairs of students have completed the work, assign a few minutes for students to present and read aloud their story to the class. Following each presentation, ask students to identify some star facts, and if any facts were incorrectly stated.
- Students vote for the most creative story, funniest, etc. To celebrate, distribute a star-shaped snack such as Lucky Stars cereal, etc.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask: What do you find most amazing about stars? Why?
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.C, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.6
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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