Narrative of the Life of a Star

This Storyboard That activity is part of the lesson plans for Life Cycle of a Star


Life Cycle of a Star

Example



Use This Assignment With My Students

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



Activity Overview


All stars will eventually come to their end, but what the star’s life cycle looks like depends on the size and mass of the nebula at the start of the star’s life. In this activity, students will narrate the stages in a star's life. For this, they should focus on the life cycle of stars with a mass similar to that of our Sun. This will ensure that they aren't confused about the steps.

As an extension, have your students compare the life cycle of a star with a similar mass of our Sun to a star with a mass much larger than our Sun. To make this activity more accessible, print off the completed example storyboard, cut it up, and have your students put it together in the correct order.

Stages in the Life Cycle of a Star


StageDescription
NebulaA nebula is a cloud of dust and gas that collapses under its own weight. As the cloud collapses, it gets warmer. When it reaches a certain temperature, nuclear fusion starts.
Main Sequence StarAt this stage, the outward pressure caused by nuclear fusion is balanced by the force of gravity holding the star together. The energy created by the nuclear fusion is emitted as radiation.
Red GiantWhen the has used up its nuclear fuel (hydrogen) the star grows in size and the outer layers cool, making the star red.
Planetary NebulaThese are some of the most beautiful objects that can be observed in the night sky. A planetary nebula occurs when the outer layers of the star are lost when moving from a red giant to a white dwarf.
White DwarfA white dwarf is a hot, small, dense, dead star. This is the core of a star that remains after the outer layers have drifted off in the planetary nebula.
Black DwarfAfter a long period of time, the hot, dense core known as a white dwarf cools and stops radiating light.


Use This Assignment With My Students

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", change the description of the assignment in your Dashboard.)



Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows show the life cycle of a star with a mass similar to that of our Sun.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label each cell with the titles of the different stages in the star’s life. Add more cells if necessary.
  3. Use shapes, props, and Textables to create visualizations to illustrate each stage. Alternatively, use images from Photos for Class.
  4. Describe what happens in each stage in the description box under each cell.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
Blank Cell with Title-Description

Template


Use This Assignment With My Students

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)




Rubric

(Modify this basic rubric by clicking the link below. You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)






Use This Assignment With My Students

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)




More Storyboard That Activities for

Life Cycle of a Star








Use This Assignment With My Students

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)





Image Attributions


Pricing




Help Share Storyboard That!

Looking for More?

Check out the rest of our Lesson Plans!


View All Teacher Resources


Our Posters on ZazzleOur Lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers

Clever Logo Google Classroom Logo Student Privacy Pledge signatory
Start My Free Trial
Explore Our Articles and Examples

Business Resources

All Business ArticlesBusiness Templates

Film Resources

Film ResourcesVideo Marketing

Illustrated Guides

BusinessEducation
Try Our Other Websites!

Photos for Class   •   Quick Rubric   •   abcBABYart   •   Storyboard That's TpT Store