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.
"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. An informative series to be viewed in parts or as a whole.
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.
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. This attractive assignment would be ideal as homework for your upper-elementary solar scientists.
In this sun worksheet, students read information about the sun and then complete 8 short answer questions describing the sun including sunspots, flares, and prominences.
In this astronomy worksheet, 8th graders are given 29 vocabulary words from their textbook unit and are to define the terms using their book and class notes.
In 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.
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 plan on the sun's natural patterns to better understand the earths climate change.
In this images of the sun learning exercise, 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 worksheet, learners 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.
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.
Students 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.
In this identifying place value through hundred billions word problems activity, 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 lesson, 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.
Learners 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.
Students build and race solar powered cars after a teacher lecture. They answer questions based on their experiences with the car they build.
Students discover that sunspots are the result of intense magnetic forces on the photosphere of the sun by observing images from the SOHO satellite.
Here is an excellent worksheet on the layers of the sun. Each of the pages has an illustration of sun with the layer highlighted. There are lines underneath the drawing which are used to write the definition of the layer.