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Lesson notes – the sun

Note: This is from a few years ago. I need to go through and update everything in the world.

This week is all about our sun. What is it? Is it alive? What can we learn about the sun? What did people used to think the sun was made of? What questions do scientists still have about the sun?

Our workbook for the week (PDF, 96KB) – now if you decide to use this, one of the pages is a plan for the week. There’s a copy in there with my initial notes for the week and a blank one. Ignore it. Or read it! Or rename your children and use it.

Things we can do:
Center of the solar system
http://solar-center.stanford.edu/art/music.html
http://solar-center.stanford.edu/
Water cycle, plants, animals everything is fed by the sun
Solar prints
Solar blimp
Measure temperatures in the sunlight v out, on black paper v light
Break apart sunlight — talk about the spectrum, lenses, parabolic mylar dish, prisms
http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/solarcookers.html
Demonstrate why we have night/day, seasons
http://www.windows2universe.org/sun/sun.html

Videos
Netflix – the Universe
Magic school bus –
videos here: http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/sun_for_kids_main.html

Music
The sun is a mass of incandescent gas (old school version)
Here comes the sun
I’ll follow the sun

In poetry and stories the sun = warmth, life, renewal in the morning

Library books:
To be like the sun
Lucia and the Light
Copper Sun
Hello, Sun! by Dodds
How to Make a Night, Ashman
Some from the moon, some from the sun, poems and songs for everyone by Zemach
Our Big Home
The lizard and the sun
What the sun sees; what the moon sees
Sun & Spoon, henkes
The tower to the sun
Sunshine, moonshine
Why the sun and the moon live in the sky
The same sun was in the sky
The king who tried to fry an egg on his head
Welcome back, sun
The sun is my favorite star – mountain view
Sun up, sun down

One Response to “Lesson notes – the sun”

  1. Tiffany says:

    I am thoroughly enamored with your education prowess. I am really looking forward to you finding the time to get your lesson worksheets up with your plans. Not to load you down more than you already are, but I have not found (until now) someone who shares the same views on exposing kids to the more complicated things in life…we never give them enough credit.

    And go fig, we share a first name!

    I love you. I don’t know you, but none the less, I love you!

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