The Solar System: An Introduction to the Sun

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Brighten up your teaching of the solar system with this middle school astronomy lesson. Over the course of these five activities, young astronomers get an up close and personal look at the sun as they watch videos, read articles, explore interactive websites, and create visual models of Earth's closest star.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Insert all or some of these activities into a middle school astronomy unit on the solar system
  • Offer these lessons as extension activities for students finishing their science lessons early
  • Create a packet out of this resource that students work through, turning in at the end of the unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Internet-connected devices are required for completing some of the activities, so be sure to plan accordingly
  • This resource was designed to meet the needs of gifted learners, but it can be adapted for use with any student population
Pros

  • Includes colorful images that demonstrate different solar phenomenon
  • All supporting worksheets, graphic organizers, and templates are provided
  • A rubric is included for assessing student work
  • Key vocabulary terms are indicated with bold font throughout the resource
Cons

  • None
NGSS