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Sun as a Star: Science Learning Activities for Afterschool DLESE Reviewed Collection
This educator's guide features eight activities in which younger students use brainstorming, observations, and experiments to learn about the Sun. They will begin by learning that light is our means of studying the Sun, use spectroscopes to separate white light into its component colors, and learn that there are other forms of light outside the visible spectrum. Then the students will conduct experiments to learn how light travels and set up an outdoor investigation to find out how the size and position of shadows relate to the position of the Sun in the sky. In the final activities, they will construct a model to simulate the motion of the Sun relative to the Earth, view satellite images taken by the SOHO satellite, and extend their knowledge of the Sun as a star by observing images of stars and recording their ideas on whether all stars are like the Sun.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-347
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)