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Lesson Plan: Stars

Subject:  Science

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To learn about stars and then answer questions about them

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.




  • Have you ever laid outside at night and looked up at the stars?  How did it make you feel?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Laying outside and looking up at the stars can be such an amazing experience.  There are so many stars in the night sky and they are so beautiful.
  • Did you ever think about what the stars are made of or how far away they are?
  • We are going to be learning more about stars today.  Stars are big balls of hot gas.  Most stars have planets, moons or other space objects moving around them. 
  • Our sun is a star and Earth and the other planets in our solar system revolve around it.  The sun looks very big because it is very close to us.
  • Some stars are close to us, so they appear brighter in the sky.  Other stars are very far away, so they look much fainter when we look up at them.
  • Scientists study stars and categorize them by their brightness and size. 
  • Some people look up at the night sky and see constellations, which are groups of stars that look like a person, animal or other object.  Raise your hand if you have ever found a constellation when looking up at the stars.
  • You are going to read about stars.  You are then going to answer questions about what you have read.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share)

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Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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