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Sunspots and Space Weather

For Students 4th - 8th
This assignment is out of this world! It is an online worksheet about sunspots and solar cycles, a sort of WebQuest if you will. Links to two NASA websites and spaceweather.com are written into the questions so that your aspiring...
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Case Study Sunspot Activity and Its Affect on Climate Change

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Is it possible that global warming might have natural causes? Scholars investigate the relationship between sunspot cycles and solar radiation in the second lesson of a four-part series on weather and climate. They look at graphs to...
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Sunspots

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine what a sunspot is and how it is produced.  In this sun lesson students locate and measure sunspots then view them through a camera.
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Sunspots

For Students 7th - 9th
In this sunspots worksheet, students use the given size of a sunspot and find the total number of Earth's it would take to equal the sunspot size. Students answer 3 questions about the sunspots and are given an extra credit problem with...
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Sunspot Activity

For Students 8th - 10th
In this sunspot activity worksheet, students are given a table with 3 types of flares produced by sunspots based on their brightness. Students answer 5 questions by interpreting the data and they determine the percentages of the...
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Hinode-Close Up of a Sunspot

For Students 8th - 10th
In this solar sunspot instructional activity, students use two photographs from the Hinode solar observatory showing a sunspot on the solar surface. Students solve 5 problems including finding the scale of the images, determining the...
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Sunspots and the Sun's Rotation

For Students 6th - 9th
In this sun worksheet, students use a Sunspotter to observe the rotation of the sun by identifying the presence of sunspots and watching them rotate over time. Students calculate how many days it takes to see the sunspots they observe in...
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The Effects of Sunspots on Climate

For Students 8th - 10th
In this sunspots and climate change learning exercise, learners use a diagram of a tree stump and its rings to determine the age of the tree. They use sunspot data from the internet and they construct an Excel spreadsheet to compare the...
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Stormy Sunspots

For Teachers 7th - 9th
In this sunspots worksheet, students determine how magnetic storms on Earth are related to sunspot activity. They plot data for sunspot activity between 1967 and 1997. They compare their plotted data with the data for magnetic storms on...
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A Look At Sunspots

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils research how the development of new technology has increased our knowledge of how the sun works. This lesson is part of a three-part series aimed at showing students how our knowledge of the universe must be inferred through the...
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Studying the Sun and Sunspots

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students investigate characteristics of the sun. In this science lesson, students participate in a lab in which they use a telescope to view the sun. Students track sunspots and figure their size. Students determine the rotation of the...
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Solar Isolation Changes and the Sunspot Cycle

For Students 8th - 10th
In this sunspot cycle and solar irradiation worksheet, students use 2 graphs of daily total solar irradiance and sunspot activity to solve 3 problems. They find the average solar irradiance during a given time, they determine the...
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SUNSPOTS SPOTTED

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students study sunspots and their motion, from data gathered, they determine the significance of the sunspot data. The data be used to calculate the rotational period of the sun. They draw conclusions as to the sunspot's impact on the...
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The Sun and Its Effects on Your Community

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Why is the sun round? Examine this question, and others, with your pupils while teaching them how to live in a more earth-friendly environment. Pupils explore Sun composition and discuss how solar wind, sunspots, and solar energy affects...
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The Sunspot Cycle-Endings and Beginnings

For Students 7th - 10th
In this sunspot cycle worksheet, students use a graph of the sunspot numbers from January of 1994 to January of 2008. Students solve 8 problems using the data in the graph to determine the maximum occurrence of sunspots, the minimum...
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Tracking and Tracing Sunspots

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine sunspots. In this sunspot lesson, students use applets to investigate the movement of sunspots. Students research sunspots and evaluate the rotation of the sun. Lesson references outside resources not available in this...
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Monster Sunspots!

For Students 7th - 10th
In this sunspots worksheet, students read about the large sunspots observed for thousands of years and their indication of solar storms. Students use given images to find the scales and physical sizes of the 3 sunspots shown.
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Graphing Sunspot Cycles

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore sunspots and then graph them to analyze the data.  In this sunspot cycles activity students complete an activity sheet and complete questions. 
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Plotting Sunspot Activity

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore how to graph sunspots using a solar graph.  In this sunspots lesson students investigate sunspots and complete and evaluation worksheet. 
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Viewing Sunspots

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students build their own sun projector. In this astronomy lesson plan, students observe and sketch the sun's image on their paper. They mark the sunspot locations on their drawing.
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Sunspot Activity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this space science worksheet, students find the data that is needed to help them acquire the knowledge concerning sunspots through observation and data collection.
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Galileo's Battle for the Heavens

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students view a video about Galileo's discoveries. They work together to create graphs showing the current sunspot cycle. They discuss how sunspots can cause communication devices problems.
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Satellite Technology

For Students 7th - 9th
In this satellite technology activity, students read about Low Earth Orbit satellites and the frictional drag from the Earth's atmosphere that causes them to fall back towards the Earth. Students use given data of the years the...
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Sunspots: Correlating Sunspots to Active Regions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate sunspots. They use solar imaging from satellite instruments which are currently circling the sun. Students compare images from the satellites and determine the existence of a correlation between the two types...

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