This easy-to-use science literacy activity is aligned with the NGSS High School Earth and Space Science performance expectations and disciplinary core ideas in ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe.
It includes learning objectives, the NGSS alignment for the activity, one science literacy article, assessment questions and an answer key. The activity is ideal to supplement an astronomy, earth and space science lesson or as a substitute teacher lesson plan.
This activity is also included in NGSS Earth & Space Science Astronomy Lesson Plan #7 Nuclear Fusion in the Sun .
Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to:
• Describe the composition of the Sun.
• Identify the region of the Sun’s interior where nuclear fusion reactions take place.
• Describe the temperature and density at the center of the Sun predicted by the scientific models of the Sun.
• Estimate for how long the Sun’s core can generate energy at its present rate.
• Explain why the Sun does not explode.
• Explain how Einstein’s equation relates mass and energy.
• Define a nuclear fusion reaction and describe the type of nuclear fusion reactions that produce energy in the Sun’s core.
• Calculate the amount of energy produced when nuclear fusion reactions convert hydrogen into helium.
• State the solar neutrino problem and describe how scientists solve it.
• Explain how nuclear fusion, hydrostatic equilibrium and thermal equilibrium are important to the model of the Sun.
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