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Tracking the Sun
Sixth graders plot the a day's movement of the sun across the sky using sun dials fashioned out of clear plastic bowls. They repeat the activity at various times throughout the year and record and compare their results.
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The Solar System: An Introduction to the Sun
Brighten up your teaching of the solar system with this middle school astronomy lesson plan. 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,...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Solar Kit Lesson #7 Positioning Solar Panels I: Explorations with Tracking
Middle schoolers track and record data on the Sun's position in the sky and on the output of a solar panel tracking the Sun. On a second day, students graph and analyze the data to identify relationships between (1) the time of day, (2)...
6th - 8th Science
Charting the Progress of New Horizons
In 2006, New Horizons began its mission to fly to Pluto. As it continues its journey, scholars track its progress with the help of an informative website, all the while reinforcing measurement concepts with the construction of a scaled...
2nd - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Solstice and Equinox Season Model
How can December 21 be the shortest day of the year when all days are 24 hours long? Pupils see how to build a model showing the differences between winter and summer solstices and equinoxes. Using this model, classes can then discuss...
4th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Solar Kit Lesson #7 - Positioning Solar Panels I: Explorations with Tracking
In this first part of a two-part lesson, learners track and record the sun's azimuth using a solar panel. They graph and analyze the data to identify relationships among the time of day, the altitude and azimuth of the sun, and the...
6th - 9th Science