Stars come in many shapes, sizes, types and colors. The Betelgeuse star in the constellation Orion's shoulder is a Red Giant. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky is actually two stars. They are part of the Canis Major constellation and white dwarf stars. Nebula, Average Star, Red Giant, Red Super Giant, White Dwarf, and Black Hole describe even more types of stars. This three minute video is an excellent summary.
Make Your Own Telescope
After learning about stars, we made simple telescopes to view them.
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Starry Tales by Geraldine McCaughrean contains myths and legends about the stars from many nations and is a fun book to read in conjunction with an astronomy lesson. The older kids enjoyed the Greek story about Orion the Hunter, his dog Sirius and Taurus the Bull.
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