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Lesson Plan: Stars (Science - GR K)

Subject:  Science

Grade: K

Lesson Objective: To learn about what a star is

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.1- With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.




  • What do you think the stars in the sky are made of?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Stars look like twinkling lights in the sky.  Stars are balls of different gases that are burning, so they look like lights.
  • Raise your hand if you have ever had or been to a campfire.  At a campfire, you burn wood to make a fire that burns so that you can be warm, cook food or roast marshmallows.
  • We know that wood burns, but did you know that there are gases that burn also?  Some of you may have a stove at home that uses gas to work.  If you can see a flame under the pots and pans on your stove, you have a gas stove.
  • Stars are similar to a gas stove.  The gases that they are made up of are very hot and so they burn.  Stars have a lot of gas, so they burn for a very long time.
  • Most stars are very far away from Earth, which is why they look so small.
  • Did you know that the sun is the closest star to Earth?  The sun is a star and would look very small to someone on a planet far, far away.
  • Today, we are going to be reading about stars.  We will then answer some questions about what we have read. 
  • Does anyone have any questions?
  • You can share a picture of the Milky Way galaxy after reading the passage to the students. (



  • 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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