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The lessons below are teacher-favorite lessons focused on the sun. For more search options or to search by other science target, missions and other criteria, visit our Fast Lesson Finder. You can also search by curriculum standards on our popular Curriculum Standards Quilts.


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Tracking Sunspots: Using Real Data from SOHO -- English
Topic: The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Sun
Mission: SOHO (Comets)

Short Description: Students observe sunspots and analyze their data to calculate the sun's rotation.


Tracking Sunspots: Using Real Data from SOHO -- Spanish (Siguiendo Manchas Solares: Utilizando datos reales del SOHO)
Topic: The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Sun
Mission: SOHO (Comets)

Short Description: Students observe sunspots and analyze their data to calculate the sun's rotation.


Transit Frequency
Topic: The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Sun, Venus
Mission: Heliophysics (Sun), Venus Express (Venus)

Short Description: This activity by Paper Plate Education models why Venus' transits come in pairs that are eight years apart, followed alternately by spans of 121.5 years and 105.5 years.


Transit Math
Topic: Discovering New Worlds, Space Math, The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Sun, Venus, Beyond Our Solar System
Mission: Akatsuki (Venus), Heliophysics (Sun), SOHO (Comets), Venus Express (Venus)

Short Description: This pdf document includes dozens of math problems and answers related to eclipses, transits and occultations, with an emphasis on transits of Venus through the centuries. The Table of Contents clearly separates middle school level problems from high school problems.


What Are We Made Of? The Sun, the Earth, and You
Topic: Formation of the Solar System
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Our Solar System, Sun
Mission: Genesis (Our Solar System)

Short Description: Students learn that elements are the basic building blocks of all things found on Earth and in space including water, the human body, the Earth, the Sun, and the planets. By counting elements extracted from a simulated sample, students explore how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundances of elements from the solar wind. This hands-on experience helps students discover that the elemental abundances from the Sun can be used as a baseline to compare with the diverse bodies of our solar system.


What Makes Day and Night? The Earth's Rotation
Topic: Ancient Astronomers / Modern Tools, The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: K-4
Body: Sun, Earth
Mission: Heliophysics (Sun)

Short Description: In this demonstration of day and night, students learn kinesthetically as they take on the role of the Earth orbiting the rotating sun.


What Makes Shadows? Observing and Drawing Shadows
Topic: Ancient Astronomers / Modern Tools, The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: K-4
Body: Sun, Earth
Mission: Heliophysics (Sun)

Short Description: Students learn about shadows as they observe and draw the shadow of a classmate.

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