This activity is part of a unit that meets the requirements for HS-ESS1-1 and HS ESS1-3:
HS-ESS1-1. Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation.
HS-ESS1-3. Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements.
By the end of this unit, students should be able to:
- describe the five stages in the life cycle of stars.
- explain the process of nuclear fusion, including the source of fuel (hydrogen) and final products (elements produced).
- explain the relationship between a star’s mass and its life cycle.
- explain how the sun’s energy reaches Earth (radiation).
This assessment is part of a unit in which students complete the following activities:
Star Characteristics and Life Cycle POGIL: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Star-Characteristics-and-Life-Cycle-POGIL-NGSS-Aligned-2806448
H-R Diagram Analysis (coming soon)
Unit Assessment NGSS Aligned HS-ESS1-1 and HS-ESS1-3 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Unit-Assessment-NGSS-Aligned-HS-ESS1-1-and-HS-ESS1-3-2806431
Supplies needed: various lights (CFL, neon night light, holiday lights, incandescent bulb, LED lights, etc.) and spectroscopes/spectrographs