A short lab activity for astronomy or earth space science. Students make a double line graph of the number of sunspots and the number of crashed satellites in a given year. Then they look for patterns and write a science conclusion utilizing claim, evidence, reasoning scaffolding framework.
The Sun and Sunspots - Introduction and Graph Activity
Introduce or review information about the Sun using this activity.
Page1- The Sun Introduction.
Reading section and diagram with information about:
Students learn about and graph solar activity by year to discover the 11-year solar cycle.First, students read a brief 1-page introduction to sunspots and solar flares. Then, students answer "check for understanding questions". Finally, students graph sunspot data to reveal the 11-year solar activ
The objective of this lab is to apply knowledge of graphing relationships to graph and determine the relationship between sunspots and time. Students will be asked to label and number the x- and y- axes on their graph, plot data in a line graph format, interpret the relationship between the indepen
No prior knowledge of sunspots is required, so this is great as an extension activity in any NGSS space (sun, stars, solar system) unit!Related NGSS Astronomy Standards: MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-3, HS-ESS1-1This 2-page worksheet provides students with 3 decades of yearly sunspot data, which they plot on
One page diagram that shows the different layers of the sun. Students fill in the blank. There are also to places where students can sketch the sun/sunspots either through a telescope or via internet.
Lesson Universe: Click below to see my Individual UnitsUnit 1: Scientific Skills: Observation/inf
Graphing Lab Activity: Plotting Sunspots vs. Global Warming GOOGLE DOC versionGOOGLE Sheets versionMICROSOFT Word DOCX versionThe Sun is the source of Earth's surface energy, so what happens when it maxes out?Scientists use sunspots to track solar cycle progress; the dark blotches on the Sun are ass
Students learn how electromagnetic radiation from high sunspot activity might be stranding Gray Whales through a C.E.R. (Claim Evidence Reasoning) graphic organizer. This is great for getting your students to explain phenomena in a meaningful way and it allows you as the instructor to adequately ass
1.3 page worksheet that students visit four different websites to learn about the sun. Topics include: layer of the sun, composition, sunspots and more. Students also sketch a sunspot. Great activity for a middle school physical science or HS astronomy teacher.
(10 pages) Students will use actual sunspot data to plot average sunspot numbers each year over a period of years (1925-2008). The cyclic nature of solar maximums and minimums becomes evident to students after plotting the provided data. Two other research activities are included as well, in the ev
Three page lab. Uses data from 1950-2009 - students plot sunspot number over time. Here is an excerpt:
Introduction: Photographs of the sun show dark areas on its surface which are believed to be due to magnetic storms that take place within the sun. These spots are actually very bright, however t
(18 pages) Thanks to NASA and the SOHO solar observatory, students can study actual images of the solar surface. Measurements of sunspot locations can be made. Analysis of this sunspot data can provide clues regarding the Sun's rate of rotation. We use this as a Station Card activity, and students
This resource is my 2 page (1 page printed duplex) simple and straight forward worksheet, review or assessment on sunspots and solar flares. The questions in this resource cover the following topics:Surface of the sunSunspotsSolar flaresMagnetic fieldsCoronal mass ejectionsFormatExplanationFill in t
This is a WebQuest Activity that works best for virtual learning (i.e. remote) but can be used as a homework assignment. My suggestion would be to copy and paste it into a google doc, and then post it to google classroom. Features: KWL intro/closingLinks embedded in the document for students to sear
Students will graph sunspot data (short and long version). Students will create a frequency and histograph chart using solar flare data. Summary questions provided at end of the lesson.Includes:Sunspot Handout - PDFSunspot PowerPoint
Graphing Lab Activity: Plotting Sunspots vs. Global Warming (GOOGLE SHEETS version)The Sun is the source of Earth's surface energy, so what happens when it maxes out? What danger is the Sunshine State in when the Sun peaks its activity cycle with more sunspots, solar flares and UV rays? Using real-
Graphing Lab Activity: Plotting Sunspots vs. Global Warming (GOOGLE DOC version)The Sun is the source of Earth's surface energy, so what happens when it maxes out? What danger is the Sunshine State in when the Sun peaks its activity cycle with more sunspots, solar flares and UV rays? Using real-time
Four page lab. Students graph sunspot data from 1930-2002. This lab has really good graph paper that is scaled really well -leaving room to graph well beyond 2002. Latest numbers can be found on internet. Has five questions and a really good introduction that reviews graphing.
Graphing Lab Activity: Plotting Sunspots vs. Global Warming (MICROSOFT WORD DOCX version)The Sun is the source of Earth's surface energy, so what happens when it maxes out? What danger is the Sunshine State in when the Sun peaks its activity cycle with more sunspots, solar flares and UV rays? Using
Assignment good for in class or Asynchronous Learning1. Students are directed to a kid safe certified educational web article to READ2. Students write down (4) Facts about the topic3. Students summarize the topic in 4-5 Sentences4. Students insert (2) Pictures of the topic (Picture box size is pre-f
Online Flashcards on Solar System:https://gamesmartz.com/chapter?c=410&v=Solar-SystemHow to implement: Paste above link into any LMS, Google Classroom, Google Docs, study guide etc, and your done! Feel free to share the link above for free!If you are using the product in class, please support us
This WS allows students to identify what sunspots are and connect them to solar maximum. It also requires students to graph data and interpret their graphs.Depending on the proficiency of your class, most upperclassmen in high school require 60-90 minutes to complete. This depends on your lessons an