Giant Scatter Plot Activity: Life Cycle of a Star (HS-ESS1-3)

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Looking for a fun way to introduce life cycles of stars? Have your students create a giant scatter-plot of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram in this activity! Each student will receive a star fact card and a star to place on a giant scatter-plot. Then students use their scatter-plot graph to answer questions about the relationships between star color, mass, luminosity, and temperature!


-26 star fact cards that students will use to place their stars on a giant scatter plot

-26 stars of various sizes and colors

-X & Y axis labels for the scatter plot

-Student worksheet WITH answer key

-Group discussion talking points & background info

-Star fact reference sheet for the teacher

-Teacher instructions


Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements.

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Total Pages
21 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements. Emphasis is on the way nucleosynthesis, and therefore the different elements created, varies as a function of the mass of a star and the stage of its lifetime. Details of the many different nucleosynthesis pathways for stars of differing masses are not assessed.
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. Emphasis is on the energy transfer mechanisms that allow energy from nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to reach Earth. Examples of evidence for the model include observations of the masses and lifetimes of other stars, as well as the ways that the sun’s radiation varies due to sudden solar flares (“space weather”), the 11-year sunspot cycle, and non-cyclic variations over centuries. Assessment does not include details of the atomic and sub-atomic processes involved with the sun’s nuclear fusion.


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