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Life Cycle of a Star Lab - Save yourself a ton of time and allow students to use this station lab to explore the life cycle of a star. By the end of the lab they will be able to describe where stars come from, how they are created, what determines the path they take, and draw the life cycle diagram.
The Star Life Cycle station lab is a plug and play unit that is meant to accompany my FREE Kesler Science Station Lab Series. Download that start-up guide to learn more about how to use it in the classroom.
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In this unit the students will learn about the life cycle of stars including all of the steps along the cycle.
There are 8 total stations for the station lab (plus 2 signs for break stations if needed). Each station includes all of the signage, literature, resources, and task cards for the students to complete them independently or with a group. The life cycle of a star lab will also require a few laboratory items that you likely already have in your lab for the Explore It! station.
Explore It! – This station will be a hands-on demo or experiment that allows the student to connect the information through application of the star life cycle.
Illustrate It! – This station allows the student to sketch or draw out the concept that they are learning. This allows for better recall and retention of new information.
Read It! – At this station students will find a short passage relevant to Supernovas and have to answer 3-4 multiple choice questions about the reading. There are two reading passages: an on-level version and a modified version.
Watch It! – Students will watch a short video at this station and answer questions relevant to their learning. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART board, or even a teachers computer.
Organize It! – The students will be working with a card sort or manipulative at this station. These are included with each of my units.
Write It! – At this station the students will be responding to 2-4 short answer prompts that will allow them to communicate their knowledge in complete sentences.
Research It! – This station will be a website that students will go to learn more information about the topic. Students will perform tasks and answer questions on their lab sheet. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART board, or even a teachers computer. If no computers are available you can double up one of the other stations and replace this module. Easy.
Assess It! – The students will demonstrate their knowledge of the life cycle of stars using a series of task cards with more formal questions.
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