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).
Supplies needed: various lights (CFL, neon night light, holiday lights, incandescent bulb, LED lights, etc.) and spectroscopes/spectrographs
For Other Astronomy Resources:
5E Lesson - Earth's Place in Space
Assessment Bundle - Star Life Cycle
Spectroscope Lab - Composition of the Sun
POGIL Star Characteristics and Life Cycle
Assessment - Sun, Star Life Cycle
Big Bang Theory Unit Bundle
Big Bang Theory Task Cards
Big Bang Theory Literacy Workbook
Big Bang Theory Assessment Bundle
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