Activities about Stellar Evolution
How Big is that Star?
Students determine the size of stars by using the simple representations and manipulating the mathematical equations which are illustrated and demonstrated within this lesson.
Star Life Cycles
Students analyze characteristics that indicate human life cycles, and then apply these observational principles to various NASA pictures of stars to synthesize patterns of stellar life cycles. Created for high school students, but may be possible to rework for 8th grade.
What Types of Stars Are in Our Universe?
Students produce a plot of 100 stars to study color, temperature, and age relationships between stars as well as their frequency in stellar populations. Part of a larger unit on astrobiology, this activity will serve as a student investigation of the characteristics of stars.