The student is expected to observe, describe, and illustrate objects in the sky such as the clouds, Moon, and stars, including the Sun.
The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among objects in the sky.
Solar System Exploration, Sun: NASA (website) - The Sun is a hot ball of glowing gases at the center of our solar system. Learn more about our very own star with information, images, and facts about the Sun and our solar system.
Sun: StarDate (website) - The Sun undergoes constant changes that take place over minutes, days, or even decades or millions of years. Navigate this website to discover more about our amazing star.
Our Very Own Star, the Sun: NASA (PDF) - Children’s storybook tells the story of the Sun. Easy-to-understand text and graphics make it a useful classroom tool for younger students. Take students outside for a field trip to observe our sun (wear sunglasses). Have them draw pictures of the sun and describe it to a partner.
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- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Shadow Play: StarDate (PDF) - Shadows illustrate how three-dimensional objects can be viewed in two dimensions. In this series of activities, students learn about the relative movements of Earth and the Sun while experimenting with shadows.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Sun As A Star: NASA (PDF) - Collection of activities from NASA and the American Museum of Natural History about the properties and benefits of the Sun.
Our Star, the Sun Lithograph: NASA (PDF) - Show students the Sun images on the lithograph. Ask them to verbally identify two or three facts about the Sun (see page two of PDF for many Sun facts), including the fact that the Sun provides all of Earth’s light and heat energy.
Sun Up, Sun Down. Gibbons, Gail (ISBN: 015282782X)
Sun. Vogt, Gregory L. (ISBN: 0736888926)
The Sun is My Favorite Star. Asch, Frank (ISBN: 0152063978)
The Sun, Our Nearest Star. Branley, Franklin (ISBN: 0064452026)
Star Stuff Kindergarten: Institute for Connecting Science Research to the Classroom (website) - Hands-on, multidisciplinary activities provide students with basic information about stars, including the Sun.