When you look up at the night sky you see the brightest stars in our universe. They are all different sizes and distances from us. Stars are celestial bodies made mostly of hydrogen and helium. They produce heat and light through nuclear fusion at their core. In this lesson students will learn how stars form and continue through their life cycle. Focus will be on our own star, the Sun. Students will also learn about familiar groupings of stars called constellations. Students will learn how constellations are named. They will identify Polaris and the constellations found around it. In addition, students will learn about the 12 zodiac constellations and build their own. Class will conclude with a virtual field trip to Alaska to witness the Northern Lights.
1. I used spheres and lasers to have them build the constellation. 2. Video that compares the sun to other planets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i93Z7zljQ7I 3. The virtual field trip to Northern Lights is under the content tab.