A Closer Look at the Sun and Stars

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A Closer Look at the Sun and Stars

When you look at the stars what do you see? It's time to separate fact from fiction as we discover why stars light the sky; learn about constellations, amazing facts about Polaris, and why stars appear to move with the seasons. Then we take a look at our own sun to discuss energy, sunspots, seasons, the greenhouse effect, and photosynthesis.

Take a closer look at the sky and learn about constellations, Polaris and our own Sun.

  1. Students will understand the relationship between the sun and Earth.
  2. Students will know that the sun’s energy supplies heat and light that is used by all living things on Earth.
  3. Students will understand that Earth and other planets revolve around the sun.
  4. Students will know the composition of the sun and other stars.
  5. Students will see how the sun and stars change position in the sky.

  1. Human Revolution. Choose one student to be the sun, one the moon and one the earth. Have them revolve around as the real objects do in space. Then divide class into groups of three and practice the revolutions.
  2. Constellations. For homework ask each student to choose a constellation and draw a picture of it on black construction paper. Each star might be colored yellow and the character in white.
  3. Using Direction. Mark in the classroom North, South, East and West. (You might us a compass with them to find their more precise locations.) Practice pointing to or facing the various directions. Then refer to these directions during the day as you give students directions for finding things or moving.

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