Parts of the Sun Teacher Resources
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Students 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.
Teachers explore patterns in sunspots and total solar irradiance to understand the counterpoint to the human effect of global warming. For this professional development tool, teachers work through a lesson on the sun's natural patterns to better understand the earths climate change.
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.
In this mathematical model of the sun learning exercise, 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.
Young scholars take a star tour in the program Google Sky and analyze properties of stars. In this stars lesson plan, students go on a Google Sky scavenger hunt.
Students study the color of stars. In this astronomy based lesson, 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.
In this identifying place value through hundred billions word problems worksheet, 6th graders read facts about the sun, and apply the information to answer math place value word problems. Students answer four problems.
Students study how matter changes from solids to liquids or liquids to solids. In this physical science instructional activity, students discuss heat energy and experiment with heat by changing a candle into a liquid using a hot plate.
In this science worksheet, students find the answers to the vocabulary matching activity. Then they fill in the boxes with the correct words.
High schoolers 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars create color drawings of the candle flame and scale models of stars.
Students build and race solar powered cars after a teacher lecture. They answer questions based on their experiences with the car they build.
Middle schoolers discover that sunspots are the result of intense magnetic forces on the photosphere of the sun by observing images from the SOHO satellite.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Students utilize PowerPoint to create a game based on the television game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." They research information about a particular area of study and identify the most important facts about the subject to create a PowerPoint presentation.