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Below is a sample breakdown of the Star Types chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Star color and size||The relationship between star color and temperature; red dwarf stars, blue stars, and red giant stars|
|Tuesday||Classes of stars||Spectral classification system; A, B, F, G, K, M, and O stars|
|Wednesday||Main sequence star||Characteristics of main sequence stars, Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram, protostar, stellar evolution, luminosity, and nuclear fusion reactions|
|Thursday||Star clusters||Globular and open clusters; gravitational attraction|
|Friday||Binary stars||Visual binary, eclipsing binary, spectroscopic binary, and astrometric binary|
1. Types of Stars by Size, Color and Life Cycle
Learn to identify the different sizes and colors of stars and how they relate to the star life cycle. In this lesson, we'll talk about spectral classification, how many stars there are of each type and the approximate color of the different classes of stars.
2. What is a Main Sequence Star?
This lesson will explain what a main sequence star is and how it evolves. You'll also learn about how the sun ages as a main sequence star and how that will affect life on Earth.
3. Types of Star Clusters
Our lesson will explore what star clusters are, the two types of star clusters, and their characteristics and differences as well as how we can figure out their ages using the H-R diagram.
4. What Are Binary Stars?
This lesson defines binary stars and describes the different kinds, including visual binary, astrometric binary, spectroscopic binary, and eclipsing binary stars. We'll also describe how orbits and mass relate to one another in a binary star system.
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