Sun-Earth Day 2009 Web Site

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Check out the Space Weather Media Viewer, the Technology Through Time Series and a wealth of activities, information, and materials on the Sun-Earth Day 2009 web site.

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Solar Week Web Site

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Once every fall and spring since 2000, Solar Week provides a week-long series of web-based educational classroom activities and games geared for upper-elementary, middle and high school students, with a focus on the Sun-Earth connection.

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Educator K-5 Lesson Plans

    Create an Edible Model of the Sun (Grade 5)
    Studying Our Scintillating Sun: Students will construct an edible model of the Sun denoting surface and interior feature.
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    The Sun: An Introduction (Grades 1-3)
    This lesson introduces the topic of the Sun. Students also begin making entries in their Science Journals.
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    Our Star: The Sun (Grades 1-3)
    This is a unit on the Sun that includes a step-by-step investigation for the younger student to understand our place in the solar system, using relative size and scaling, rotation and revolution and a number of assessment tools. The individual lessons contain work sheets to give on-going feedback on student comprehension.
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    Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) (All Ages)
    The Galileo Project is a source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). Our aim is to provide hypertextual information about Galileo and the science of his time to viewers of all ages and levels of expertise.
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    > Explore the history of telescopes, from Galileo to NASA's Great Observatories

    Space Math@NASA (All Ages)
    The goal of these problems is to teach students about astronomy and space science by using mathematics and real-world problems.
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