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Post-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« on: March 03, 2020, 11:59:07 AM »
Post your Post-Reading Activities for the article "Oddball giant white dwarf may have formed in epic crash of smaller stars" here.  Simply "reply" to this post to make your contribution rather than starting a new topic. These are based on this article: [/size]https://www.space.com/weird-massive-white-dwarf-formed-by-star-crash.html. Find Pre-Reading and During-Reading activities for this article in the corresponding sections of the forum!!
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Re: Post-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2020, 12:03:25 PM »
Students after reading this article can choose another topic, maybe it was another concept mentioned in the article or something relating to space and/or stars, and they can create a short presentation or write a short article similar to this one about their concept they chose.

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Re: Post-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2020, 12:06:18 PM »
Post-reading:
  • Students will group up to draw a white dwarf star on a poster board labeling all of the different parts of the star.
  • The idea would be to summarize the main parts of the article such as:
  • What the star is made of
  • Different chemical layers
  • Weight
  • Location in space
  • Students will conduct a peer review on their group members.
  • At the end of class each group will present their poster to the class.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2020, 12:11:33 PM by rbora2 »

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Re: Post-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2020, 12:09:49 PM »
Post-Reading:
1. Design a poster with a small group. Write down 3 new facts you learn about dwarf stars, make a diagram of a regular white dwarf star versus the "oddball" dwarf star. Include an internet print-out picture!
2. Visit the UIUC planetarium and listen to the various presentations about astronomy and the life cycle of stars.

Offline Timothy Jang

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Re: Post-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2020, 12:14:23 PM »
Timothy, Hannah, and Eunjeong
  • Writing prompt to help students assimilate the information in the article with their personal experiences.
  • Ask students: When did you see something strange and need to figure out what had happened?
  • Field TRIP to the University of Illinois observatory and look the them starrrsss
    "You never expect to see the hydrogen and carbon mixed together in a white dwarf - there should be a layer of helium keeping them separated," Hollands said. "That was really strange and very surprising and raised the big question of how that might have happened."
« Last Edit: March 03, 2020, 12:16:34 PM by Timothy Jang »

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Re: Post-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2020, 12:18:02 PM »
Post Reading


SWBAT:
Use metaphor to explain difficult concepts to an audience with little knowledge of the topic


T first explains metaphor to Ss (or has Ss define it if they have previous knowledge). T asks Ss to find a metaphor in the article.


"A white dwarf has an internal structure kind of like an onion, in that it's in layers," study lead author Mark Hollands, an astrophysicist at the University of Warwick in England, told Space.com. "In the core of the white dwarf, most of its mass is made of carbon and oxygen, and then you usually have a layer of helium on top of that, and then a layer of hydrogen. So when you point a telescope at a white dwarf, you're just seeing the outer layers."


T explains Mark Hollands use the metaphor of an onion to describe a white dwarf, which is a way to help a general audience understand a difficult concept.


T asks Ss to create a spoken summary presentation of the article for an audience of middle school students. Ss must use at least one metaphor in their summary of the article. Use of props etc. is encouraged!

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Re: Post-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2020, 04:44:02 AM »
The first post-reading activity could be, if not done in some way as a during reading activity, a comprehension check. This could be given in one of a number of different ways (e.g. in/formal quiz, kahoot, asked aloud). Potential questions could include things like 'How do scientists think the giant dwarf star came to be' (collision), 'How long ago do they estimate this to have occurred' (1.3 billion years), 'Scientists found a large amount of ___ in the atmosphere' (carbon), etc.
Another post-reading activity could be a free response journal entry type of activity. Give the students some general prompts (e.g. did this remind you of anything else you've read, what did you find interesting, did you find it interesting, etc). This would give the students a chance to write (a little bit) about what they just read, and the teacher (assuming you have them turn it in) can gauge the general reception of the piece.

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Re: Post-reading activities on "Oddball giant white dwarf...."
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2020, 10:24:05 AM »
Post-Reading Activities:
  • After reading and annotating the article, students could make a list of 2-3 questions they still have. Then, students could research these questions using the hyperlinks within the article itself, Space.com's search, or Google.
  • As one potential pre-reading activity would be to infer meanings of a list of vocabulary items students may not know (e.g., supernova, merger, white dwarf), students could then return to these items and define them based on the context provided in the article after reading. This would help activate students' schema on the topic prior to reading and allow them to confirm their inferences using context clues after reading.