Supernovas, Bees, and Kid Scientists

Supernovas Bees Main Ideas Blog Post 2019

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What do supernovas, bees, and kid scientists all have in common? If you’re a teacher you’ll know they are in the latest main idea task cards.

If you’re a student, here a few videos and paragraphs to help you figure out how these three topics are connected!

What is a Supernova?

Stars don’t last forever. At some point, a star disappears. Sometimes this happens with a massive explosion. This is called a supernova.

Let’s zoom in on a supernova from Earth.

This video starts with a view of the night sky as seen from the ground and zooms in onto the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. A further zoom shows the remnants of the supernova explosion 1987A, nestled between red-coloured gas, as they are seen by Hubble. The site of the supernova is surrounded by a ring of material that is illuminated by a wave of energy from the outburst. Two faint outer rings are also visible. All three of these rings existed before the explosion.

More information and download options:

NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Here’s another video where NASA catches a flash of an exploding star forming a supernova.

NASA Captures Images of a Supernova


Bees are special little creatures. They have some special traits:

  • They have queens.
  • They have drones.
  • They live in hives.

Here’s a video to share a little more.

These topics are included in the Main Idea Task Cards #8 at the TeamTom TeachersPayTeachers store. You can preview them there.

Build schema before reading the Main Ideas Task Cards 8. Videos about supernovas and honeybees and basic text for students to read.

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