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Colors of Stars


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    The University of Texas McDonald Observatory

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Colors of Stars

In this activity, learners observe colors in the flame of a burning candle to explore connections between matter, light, color and temperature -- basic concepts of matter and energy. Then, learners elaborate on these basic concepts in a new context of astronomy by drawing scale models of stars. This activity involves an open flame; adult supervision is recommended.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
      • Light and Optics
      • Size and Scale
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Circles
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Hemenway, Mary Kay

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The University of Texas McDonald Observatory, ©2011

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