Most kids start to get fascinated by stars and astronomy at an early age. When you are a kid, they are so cool because you don't understand how they are so far up there and what makes them twinkle. I remember the first time I learned how to find the North Star and the Big Dipper. I still look for them when I am star-gazing as a starting point. Not only are stars fun to watch, they are amazing to learn about and kids seem to be all about it when you start to teach them. That's why I think they are perfect for a unit study! Here are some stars and astronomy unit study resources so you can put together an awesome learning experience for your kids.
Stars and Astronomy Unit Study Resources
Stars and Astronomy Lesson Plans
The Science Spot has an entire page on the site dedicated to astronomy lesson plan ideas.
The McDonald Observatory has some suggestions for teaching astronomy in Texas that could be used in other places as well.
This Free HomeSchool Curriculum on Astronomy features weekly lesson plans.
Stars and Astronomy Printables
Help Teaching has some free tests and worksheets for astronomy for ages K-High School.
These free printable Vintage Astronomy Images from Remodalaholic are pretty neat and may actually come in handy.
Stars and Astronomy Crafts and Tutorials
These Astronomy Science Fair Projects from Education.com would be great to do with your kids for this unit.
SkyServer has a resource page with different activities to do with kids at different ages when it comes to learning about the sky and stars.
Stars and Astronomy Videos and Clips
This 5 minute video on The Lifecycle of Stars by Institute of Physics is a great intro to how stars are born and die.
Black Holes: Mysteries of the Universe is a good 45 Minute video by Noah on YouTube.
Additional Stars and Astronomy Resources
The Homeschool Mom has a large page with resources broken down into age levels on Astronomy lesson ideas.
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has some great resources for those wishing to learn more.
Astronomy Magazine is a good place to look for the newest astronomy news and information.
NASA has an Astronomy Picture of the Day that is pretty neat and often breath-taking.
Sky and Telescope is a good resource for finding current information.
Kid's Astronomy has games, educational activities and more.
Stars and Astronomy Books and Resources for Kids
The Everything Kids' Astronomy Book by Kathi Wagner
50 Things to See With a Small Telescope by John Read
The Kids Book of the Night Sky by Ann Love
Constellations: A Field Guide To The Night Sky by Giles Sparrow