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A Closer Look at the Sun and Stars
Space Science Series

Video Objectives

  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.

Classroom Activites

  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.

Vocabulary Words

1. Astronomer
2. Atmosphere
3. Aurora borealis
4. Axis
5. Constellation
6. Corona
7. Energy
8. Galaxy
9. Gravity
10. North Star
11. Prominence
12. Revolve
13. Rotate
14. Solar
15. Solar flares
16. Star
17. Sunspots
18. Telescope

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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.

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Chapters (01-11)

 00 - Play All
01 - Introduction
02 - Our Sun's Physical Char...
03 - Our Sun's Movement
04 - Our Sun's Relationship ...
05 - The Sun and the Seasons
06 - Solar Energy
07 - Constellations
08 - Stars and Seasons
09 - The North Star
10 - Astronomy
11 - Review

A Closer Look at the Sun and Stars
A Closer Look at the Sun and Stars
Space Science Series...

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