Basic background information on the Solar System is beneficial,
but it is not a prerequisite.
Allow time to locate book and journals
for student writing.
Chart" Work Sheets
"Journal Template" Work Sheets (3 pages)
will understand that the Sun:
an enormous ball of hot gas.
far away from the Earth and much larger than the Earth.
light and warmth and is necessary for plants and animals
our nearest star.
a KWL Chart (What Students Know, What they
Want to Know, What they Learned), investigate
what students know about the Sun. List 4-5 items. A KWL
chart identifies students current understanding of
a topic and simultaneously gives students an opportunity
to engage in scientific inquiry as they generate their own
the topic of the Sun by reading one of the suggested books
(listed at left).
students to raise hands if they hear an important Sun word.
a Science Word Wall using vocabulary identified
reading with a show of current NASA solar images. SOHO,
the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory has an excellent
set of images (NP-1999-12-199 GSFC) For more information
students if they have any questions about the Sun. Do this
after the reading as young students often do not have the
background information needed to pose questions.
young students, you may want to model how to ask questions.
A list of question words (who, what, when, where, why, and
how) is a helpful language prompt in the classroom. List
3 or 4 questions on the KWL chart.
the chart in a prominent place. As the unit continues, ask
students if they can answer any of the questions listed
on the chart.
students to make entries in their science journals using
the following three prompts:
a. What did you study today?
b. What are some new things you learned today?
c. What questions do you have about what you learned?
"Journal Template" (at left) for printable
Journal question prompts
book, The Sun Our Nearest Star, contains scientific
information and cartoon-like illustrations. The SOHO satellite
images of the Sun looks very different than the drawings.
Ask students how the two depictions are different. This question
allows for a discussion of objects and how they are represented
in books and models. This can also be a good time to begin
to discuss the differences between fiction and non-fiction
writing and between scientific images and artists drawings.
The journal entries will give a
good indication of what students have learned about the Sun
and what kinds of questions they are developing about the
related books and websites.