Stars


Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion | Notes to Teachers


Introduction

Have you ever looked at the sky at night and wondered about all the stars you see? Are they just pretty lights in the sky or are they FOR SALE????  In this WebQuest you will be a real estate agent that has the task of selling your assigned star to the highest bidder. Sales will be conducted at the end of the quest. You will need to find specific information about your star in order to prepare your sales pitch. Some of the questions that you might want to consider are:

What is a star?
Are all stars the same? 
Can life exist without stars? 
Where is your star located?
What is special about your star?

You may add more questions as you think of them. By the end of the quest, you should be able to convince your audience that your star is the one to buy.

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Task

By the end of your quest, you will need to use the information you have found to create an poster. You will use this poster to give an oral presentation that presents information about your star to the prospective buyers. Remember that you are a real estate agent and you are trying to sell your star. Use all of your sales pitch powers to persuade the buyers that your star it the best!

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Process

Worksheets and Assignments

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Resources

 

Useful sites 

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/

This is where everyone needs to begin. Get some background information about stars. Then see if your star or your star's constellation is listed.

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/universe_level1/stars.html
Make sure you visit this site. It has great information that is easy to understand.

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/stars.htm
Learn about stars colors and other basic information.

http://www.nmm.ac.uk/explore/astronomy-and-time/astronomy-facts/stars/what-is-a-star
Lots of background information.

http://www.universetoday.com/guide-to-space/stars/interesting-facts-about-stars/

http://www.solarsystemquick.com
Interesting star facts.

Constellation sites
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List of individual constellations.

http://domeofthesky.com/clicks/constlist.html


Sites about specific stars

http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/starname_list.html
This site has a list with many of the stars. It also has background information.


List of major stars.

Polaris

site 1
site 2
site 3
site 4

Castor
site 1
site 2


Sirius
site 1
site 2
site 3


Vega

site 1
site 2
site 3


Betelgeuse
site 1
site 2
site 3


Rigel

site 1
site 2
site 3
site 4


Altair
site 1
site 2
site 3


Aldebaran

site 1
site 2
site 3
site 4


Pollux

site 1
site 2
site 3


Deneb

site 1
site 2
site 3


Procyon
site 1
site 2
site 3


Capella
site 1
site 2
site 3


Arcturus
site 1
site 2
site 3
site 4
site 5


Regulus

site 1
site 2
site 3


Neutron stars

http://www.eclipse.net/~cmmiller/BH/blkpre.html

Mythology of the stars

http://www.comfychair.org/~cmbell/myth/myth.html

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Evaluation

The evaluation for this quest will include:

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Conclusion

Upon completion of this webquest, you should be able to explain what a star is and how they are alike and different from each other. You should also have some knowledge about constellations.

Questions to think about---

Why are stars important to man?
Do they all give off the same amounts and types of light?
What are black holes?
How does the Hubble Telescope help us learn more about stars?

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Created by: Muggs Murphy

Created on: 05/16/2006
Last Updated On: 11/1/08