Astronomy: The Sun

We studied the sun for our space unit. We have done lots of projects and hands on learning, and the kids learned about lots of new information.
We started by watching a couple videos about solar flares, in looking for videos we learned about the solar flare of 2012 that is supposed to be a very bad flare this year, they are predicting that it will reek lots of havoc on our technology and power systems. Serena has been researching more in depth about the solar flares, as this has been very interesting for her!
We went outside and traced our shadows on the driveway at different times through out the day, this was a great activity to let the kids really see the sun moves during the day (which I did not get pictures of) The kids used our Sun puzzle from our space book of puzzles.
The kids each made their own solar flip book I printed out.
We made a solar oven out of an old pizza box and cooked marshmallows in it, using nothing but the suns energy!

 

Here is an awesome video on the Aurora Borellas in Norway due to the solar flare that has already started on the sun, check it out it is an amazing video, it so very beautiful!

Our favorite Astronomy resources.

Stop by my Outer Space Pinterest board for other great ideas for your sun studies!
Dont forget to stop by all the great blogs I’m linked  up with for other great ideas to try with your kiddos!

Comments

  1. Awesome solar oven! We have a small one that we’re going to try again when the sun is really strong. In the fall it didn’t work so well! LOL

    • Thanks for your compliment! We had to wait almost a week to use our oven due to the fact the sun was just not cooperating with us lol. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!!

      Nicole

  2. Loving the oven, off to check out your pinboard! Thanks

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, and for stopping by. Have fun on my Pinterest, it’s one of my addictions lol. Have a great week!

      Nicole

  3. What a fun unit!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having an amazing week!

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