Did you know that I grade highschool papers? I work for a company that does online courses and I am one of the people who grade their sciences courses. One of the topics that students are graded on is the sun. They need to answer questions such as “give three facts about the sun” and “what fuses in the sun and what does that fusion create?” It got me thinking it might be fun to do a post on learning about the sun. It’s such an integral part of life on earth, it’s so worth learning about don’t you think?
Afflilate links will be used in this post, thank you for the encouragement this offers me. 🙂
Hands On Learning
Make Sun Bread! I have to admit, when I looked up the recipe I thought it might be for making bread out in the sun, but rather it’s for making bread in the shape of the sun. It’s still fun to do! And just as hydrogen is fused to make helium, you could roughly compare that to how flour, sugar and yeast fuse to make dough which then becomes bread. Sorta. 🙂
Turn hydrogen atoms into helium atoms. You could try this online program or buy an atom modeling kit and build some hydrogen models and fuse them into helium atoms. I also found this other atom builder. It allows you to test your knowledge and see atoms in action.
There are a number experiments you can to to help you better understand the sun.
- Solar oven
- ScienceNetLinks. understand sun spots, magnetic fields, and solar flares better.
- Understand the Sun as a Star with this NASA PDF guide.
- Build a Sundial
- Make Tea or Dried fruit
- Make a Solar Still
- Stanford Solar Centre has a wide variety of learning centres for grade 4 through highschool.
- Grade 8+ students can consider the role of the engineer in relation to the sun.
- Solar heat Experiment (highschool)
Resources To Consider
You could head over to SchoolhouseTeachers and take in one of their courses on the sun. Earth Science covers the sun, and with hooked on science you can experiment with glue sticks to better understand the sunset. If you are in the mood to learn a silly song about the sun, which will teach various facts, you’ll need to check out silly songs! 🙂
SchoolhouseTeachers.com has a sale right now, $30/quarter for preK-12, code BUMBLEBEE End June 30.
UnitStudy.com has a discount on their astronomy set that you might want to check out. These unit studies are cery well done and we always learned a lot more from them that I expected. For other astronomy books you can check out all these books! 🙂