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  • The Sun Lab

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  • The Sun Is a Star

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  • Online Extras: When the Sun Goes Dark

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    Online Extras: When the Sun Goes Dark If you have purchased When the Sun Goes Dark, you can view the accompanying additional resources online. These resources are for your personal use only and are not to be redistributed. To view the online extras, please type in the last word in the body text on the next to …

  • Diameter of the Sun

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    Although this lab is not an inquiry activity, it is another exercise to help students think about light rays and ray diagrams. The students think that the point of the lab is to calculate the diameter of the Sun. Really…

  • Pizza Sun

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    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about relative size. The probe is designed to find out how large students think the Earth is compared with the Sun.

  • Obsidian Sun

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    In this lesson, students try to explain what happens in the solar eclipse, and why a person in one location can see a solar eclipse while a person in another place cannot. Key words and concepts covered are solar…

  • The Sun’s Energy

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    In this chapter, the objective of the activity “Making Sun Prints” is to understand that although we can’t see the ultraviolet light part of sunlight, it can have an effect on plants, our skin, and light-sensitive…

  • Stealing the Sun

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    For as long as people have had stories to tell, folklore and tall tales have been a part of social gatherings. Storytelling helps us convey our history and learn our languages (Bowman and Carpenter 2004; Mzimela 2016).…

  • Q: What Color Is the Sun?

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  • Sun Tracker

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  • Where Did the Sun Go?

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    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the position of the Sun in relation to the Earth. The probe is designed to find out how students envision the Earth as a sphere in space and its…

  • How Far Away Is the Sun?

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    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about relative distance. The probe is designed to find out if students can apply the same scale used to represent the difference in sizes between the…

  • Aha! Moments in Sun and Moon Measurements

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  • How Do Planets Orbit the Sun?

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    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about representations of the solar system. The probe is designed to reveal students’ ideas about the overall shape of the solar system and the planets…

  • Understanding and Tracking the Daily Motion of the Sun

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    In this chapter, students will easily recognize the learning they do related to the disciplinary core ideas, specifically that shadows made by the Sun can be observed, described, predicted, and explained with models to…

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