Parts of the Sun Teacher Resources
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Middle schoolers draw diagram of sun and its layers, including photosphere, chromosphere, corona, convection and radiative zones, and core. Students then describe each layer in their own words, define sun spot cycle, and describe solar flares.
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.
A Mathematical Model of the Sun
For this mathematical model of the sun worksheet, students read about the way scientists use the sun's radius and mass to determine a mathematical model of the sun using the volume of a sphere, and the relationship between density, volume and mass. Students use an Excel spreadsheet to calculate the volume of the core of the sun and the shell zones.
Color of Stars
Learners study the color of stars. In this astronomy based lesson plan, 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. They will infer the temperature of the stars based on the color of the visible light.
Young scholars study how matter changes from solids to liquids or liquids to solids. In this physical science lesson, students discuss heat energy and experiment with heat by changing a candle into a liquid using a hot plate.
A Stellar Review
In this science worksheet, pupils find the answers to the vocabulary matching activity. Then they fill in the boxes with the correct words.
The Energy of the Sun
Students study energy generation by the Sun, which involves atoms and nuclei.
Students are introduced to three types of energy transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. They model the scientific process of fusion to become with the sun and how it produces energy.
Colors of Stars
Learners 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. Learners create color drawings of the candle flame and scale models of stars.
Solar Powered Cars
Students build and race solar powered cars after a teacher lecture. They answer questions based on their experiences with the car they build.
How Are Magnetic Fields Related To Sunspots?
Students discover that sunspots are the result of intense magnetic forces on the photosphere of the sun by observing images from the SOHO satellite.
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. A terrific amount of information is packed into the four-minute film, perfect for introducing the northern and southern lights to your earth science class. Make sure to find photographs of actual auroras for the class to see!
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.
New! Vocabulary Study: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Build vocabulary while reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Provided here is a great resource to use as a companion piece to your literature instruction. The packet is made up of 50 words separated into five lists of ten. Each list has a corresponding fill-in-the-blank exercise. Test your pupils' knowledge of vocabulary and literature with the 25-question vocabulary quiz and the provided essay prompt.
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. Part II is a homework assigment. Parts III and IV examine potential and kinetic energy, relating it to radiation from the sun.
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Master composite and prime numbers with this fast-moving game. Using your sword, slice those composite numbers and watch them break up into factors. Slice again if those factors are composite. However, watch out for prime numbers, slicing them will cost you!
In this sun instructional activity, students are given a diagram of 8 structures of the sun and they label each structure with a given term. They also fill in 8 blanks to complete sentences about the sun, its characteristics and the layers of its atmosphere.
THE MANY COLORS OF SUNLIGHT
Young scholars examine rainbow components, spectral colors, colors perceived by the eye, hot solids, glowing rarefied gas, absorption, that light is a wave, and optics.
A Bird's Eye Look at the Sun-Earth System
In this Sun-Earth system worksheet, students fill in blanks with the proper terms from a given list to complete a summary of the relationship between the Sun and the Earth. A major topic includes how solar storms effect the Earth and the response of Earth's magnetosphere. Students find the proper terms by solving algebraic equations for "x" and indicating the matching word from the word bank.
Photons in the Radiative Zone: Which Way is Out? An A-Maz-ing Model
Students work their way out of circular maze, modeling movement of photon as it travels through radiative zone of sun, record problem solving processes they used, discuss Standard Solar Model and its importance in further scientific studies of sun, and create model for path of photon in sun's radiative zone.