Parts of the Sun Teacher Resources
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Characteristics of the Sun
After reading about how the sun gets its energy, and about the layers and features of the sun's atmosphere, heliologists complete a comprehension worksheet. On it, they label features on a diagram of the sun and match terms from the reading with their descriptions.
5th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Universe - Secrets of The Sun 5/5
"Secrets of the Sun", the five-part series, concludes with description of the heat found on the surface of the sun. So how is it that the outer corona is as hot as the sun's core? The answer will surprise you. Watch and learn how noise on the sun's surface adds energy (heat) to the corona.
9 mins 6th - 12th Science
Colors of Stars
Students observe the colors found in the flame of a burning candle and examine the basic concepts of matter and energy. Students apply this information to the color's of starts and the temperature of the stars photosphere. Students create color drawings of the candle flame and scale models of stars.
9th - 10th Science
The Hinode Satellite Views the Sun
For this sun's magnetic field lines worksheet, students use a photograph taken by the Hinode Satellite that shows the complex magnetic structure of the sun over a sunspot. Student predict the magnetic field lines and draw them on a diagram of the sun using the Hinode photograph as a guide.
9th - 12th Science
The Climate Change Skeptic's Argument: Natural Solar Cycles or Human Activity?
Teachers explore patterns in sunspots and total solar irradiance to understand the counterpoint to the human effect of global warming. In this professional development tool, teachers work through a lesson on the sun's natural patterns to better understand the earths climate change.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History
What is an Aurora?
An impressive animation explains the earth's awe-inspiring auroras. The contributions of high-energy particles from the sun collide with our neutral atmospheric atoms. Explained are the roles of solar wind, plasma, the magnetosphere, coronal mass ejection, magnetic storms, oxygen and nitrogen atoms, photons, sunspots, and solar flares.
4 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest lactose.
8th - 12th Science
SDO Reveals Details on the Surface of the Sun
In this images of the sun worksheet, students read about the images released by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and they solve 3 problems using the given photograph of the sun. Students find the scale of the image, they compare the size of the features on the sun to the Earth's radius and they identify the hottest and coolest gases in the image.
9th - 12th Math
Color of Stars
Students study the color of stars. In this astronomy based instructional activity, students observe the colors in an open flame and apply the information collected about color and temperature to the visible light emitting from the photosphere of various stars.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Energy for Earth: The Sun
Super science learners examine the sun's production of energy by the process of nuclear fusion. Hands-on activities make this lesson engaging for middle schoolers. The lesson is made up of four parts. Part I is an introduction to the sun as an energy source and has pupils view it throug a pinhole viwer.
5th - 8th Science
Using spectroscopes, high school astronomy, physics, or chemistry learners observe emission spectra from several different sources. This stellar NASA-produced lesson plan provides terrific teacher's notes and a student handout. Make sure to check out other related lessons in the same "Imagine the Universe" series.
9th - 12th Science