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Solar System and the Sun Lesson

Solar System and the Sun Lesson
Solar System and the Sun Lesson
Solar System and the Sun Lesson
Solar System and the Sun Lesson
Solar System and the Sun Lesson
Solar System and the Sun Lesson
Solar System and the Sun Lesson
Solar System and the Sun Lesson
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This is now a 900 slide PowerPoint presentation with built-in class notes (red slides), built-in hands on activities with instructions and questions, challenge questions with answers, 3 page homework, modified version, answer keys, lesson notes, 180 slide PowerPoint Review Game, and much more.

This lesson aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards. Please see preview for more information.

This PowerPoint is a great introduction to the Solar System. The PowerPoint begins with a picture of the Hubble Deep Field and a Mother with a plate of nacho's comes flying in from deep space. Students are confused at this point. She then begins being very nice and offering nachos. Students then learn (M)y (V)ery (E)eager (M)other (J)ust (S)erved (U)s (N)achos in a step by step process. The students are then asked to see if they know the order of the planets. The students then figure out that the whole mother nachos thing was to teach them the order of the planets. The names of the planets then appear next to the learning hint. A neat "Not Smart Board" activity follows where the teacher minimized out the slideshow and student go up to the board and drag the planets into their correct order. Teacher controls the pictures movement with the mouse. This helps students get a visual of the planets. Orbits are then described and animated slide helps. A really neat Solar System walking tour is provided. The distances of the planets in steps / meters are provided and the class walks from the sun outward 39 meters (A tape measure is helpful.) The size of the planets (Rough comparison) is also provided (Sun=Kickball, Mercury is grain of sand etc,) The class returns after the walk and views a more accurate drawing of the solar system. A video link to a really neat song is provided and a couple of hidden box games have students guess some relevant pictures from the prior slides. Each slide reveals more of the hidden picture.

The second half of this PowerPoint deals with the sun. This PowerPoint begins by asking the students what shape the Sun is? They reply round, the PowerPoint then shows a morphing sphere that changes shape. The students are then asked if you could pick-up the Sun if you were a heat resistant giant. They then learn how the Sun is Plasma and would be difficult to pick up. Some notes about how the Sun represents 99.8% of the Solar System by mass is described. Some really neat Solar Flares are shown and Sun Spots with relative size of the Earth. A video link is provided that shows both. The Planets are then compared to the size of the Sun. After some discussion about energy flow on Earth, the composition is described in a step by step process. Plasma is discussed in greater detail. The nuclear process is shown briefly. Another video link is provided and the students are urged to pull their homework sheet out for classwork (fusion). The Life Cycles of Stars are then shown in a step by step process. A detailed step by step drawing including Super-Nova and blackholes are shown for Super Massive Stars, as well as Red Gaints to Stellar Ejections to White Dwarfs for Medium Sized Stars. Stars are then compared to each other to see the enormous size of Stars. This is a really neat PowerPoint that is full or great images. The entire PowerPoint is one step at a time.

The third part of this PowerPoint begins with some neat images of the Sun, Earth, Moon. The Moon's orbit around the Earth, and shadows from the Sun are addressed. The axial tilt of the Earth and reference to the seasons is described. Obelisks are described and some warm questions for the upcoming activity are asked. An activity about building a Sun Dial to be used outside is described with step by step instructions and visuals. A pin secured in some modeling clay taped to a notebook will also work. The activity has students record the position of the Sun Dial's shadow every 5 minutes for a half hour. Follow-up questions with answers are described. A sunny day is needed for this activity to be successful. A lunar eclipse is described and a step by step drawing unfolds every slide making it easy for the students to follow. Important vocabulary is addressed such as umbra and penumbra. Solar Eclipse follows in similar fashion but includes a bit more such as the Path of Totality. A neat Moon's perspective of the Solar Eclipse is provided. Exciting visuals make this a really neat and educational PowerPoint. The step by step process is key for the students to grasp some difficult concepts. This is a really neat PowerPoint that helps students learn the planets and their order, size, scale, and the basics needed to study the solar system in more depth. Please see my other PowerPoint presentations and the larger unit below to which this PowerPoint is a part of.

This PowerPoint includes critical notes (Red Slides), exciting visuals, challenge questions, activities with directions and more. Text is usually placed at the top of the slide so it can be read from all angles of a classroom. Color coded slides, as well as a shade technique is used to increase student focus and allows the teacher to control the pace of the lesson. These PowerPoints are meant to be interactive as possible and ask many questions, provides built in review opportunities, explains directions to activities, and much more. Transition effects are never used.

Please visit my other posting on TpT called The Astronomy Topics Unit which includes this PowerPoint within the 4,000+ slide PowerPoint roadmap, 13 page bundled homework / assessment, 10 page modified assessment, detailed answer keys, and 7 pages of unit notes for students who may require assistance that chronologically follow the PowerPoint slideshow. The answer keys and unit notes are great for support professionals. This larger file also includes four PowerPoint review games (110+ slides each with Answers), 38 .flv videos, lab handouts, activity sheets, rubrics, materials list, templates, guides, and much more. Also included is a 190 slide first day of school PowerPoint presentation. Everything arrives in editable format and can be modified to fit any curriculum or time requirement.

Astronomy Topics Full Unit (3000 Slides, HW, Notes, Keys)
Solar System Basics, Sun, (560 Slides)
Inner Planetary Topics Review Game
Sun, Solar Flares, Sun Spots, Star Life Cycles, (170 Slides)
Sun Topics Review Game
Moon, Phases of the Moon with OREO;s Activity, Axial Tilt, Seasons, and More (260 Slides)
Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse, Make a Sun Dial Lesson
Build a Rocket and Launch, Rocketry, Missions, and More (300 Slides)
Asteroid Belt, Meteors, Meteorites, Craters, Lesson (220 Slides)
Outer Planetary Topics Lesson, HW, Notes and More (500 Slides)
Outer Planetary Topics Review Game
Beyond the Solar System Lesson (700 Slides)
Galaxies, types of Galaxies, Many Links
Entire 4 Year Curriculum, 20 Full Units, 50,000 Slides and Much More

Areas of Focus in the Astronomy Topics Unit: The Solar System and the Sun, Order of the Planets, Our Sun, Life Cycle of a Star, Size of Stars, Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse, The Inner Planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Moon, Craters, Tides, Phases of the Moon, Mars and Moons, Rocketry, Asteroid Belt, NEO's, The Torino Scale, The Outer Planets and Gas Giants, Jupiter / Moons, Saturn / Moons, Uranus / Moons, Neptune / Moons, Pluto's Demotion, The Kuiper Belt, Oort Cloud, Comets / Other, Beyond the Solar System, Types of Galaxies,Blackholes, Extrasolar Planets, The Big Bang, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, The Special Theory of Relativity, Hubble Space Telescope, Constellations, Age of the Earth, Time, Earth events in a 12 hour day, Principle of Superposition, Geologic Timescale, Extinction Events, Dinosaurs, and much more. Difficulty Rating 7/10

I also sell all 20 Middle-Level Science Units now as a digital good. This includes all 20 units (50,000 slides), in Life, Earth, and Physical Science for students in grades 5-10, This also includes 300+ pages of bundled homework / assessment that chronologically follows each unit,200+ pages of modified assessments, 325 pages of answer keys, 260 pages of unit notes, 40+ PowerPoint review games (5000+ slides), hundreds of lab activities with questions and answers, hundreds of project ideas, 315 videos, hundreds of pages of handouts, First Day PowerPoint, Guidebook, and Four Year Curriculum Guide and School District License. This is everything you need to run an incredible four year science curriculum.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks again and best wishes.

Ryan Murphy M.Ed

Below are the links to the 20 units of study that I offer on TpT for individual purchase. All of these are included in the curriculum purchase.

Physical Science Units
Science Skills Unit
Laws of Motion and Simple Machines Unit
Matter, Energy, and the Environment Unit
Atoms and Periodic Table of the Elements Unit

Physical Science Curriculum
Physical Science Bundle Package (4 Units)

Life Science Units
Human Body Systems and Health Topics Unit
Cellular Biology Unit
Infectious Diseases Unit
DNA and Genetics Unit, Cell Division
Taxonomy and Classification Unit
Evolution and Natural Selection, Change Topics Unit
Botany Unit
Ecology Feeding Levels Unit
Ecology Interactions Unit
Ecology Abiotic Factors Unit

Life Science Curriculum
Life Science Bundle Package (10 Units)

Earth Science Units
Weathering, Soil Science, Soil Conservation, Ice Ages, Glaciers Unit
Astronomy Topics Unit
Geology Topics Unit
Weather and Climate Unit

Earth Science Curriculum Bundle
Earth Science Curriculum (6 Units)

Water, Water Quality, Rivers, Lakes, and Fish Units
Water on Earth, Properties of Water, Water Pollution Unit
Rivers, Lakes, and Water Quality Unit (Salmon, Fish, and more)

Below is a link to view this curriculum in greater detail. You will find a PowerPoint tour, how a unit works guide, curriculum possibilities, standards, and many free samples.
Curriculum Tour

Entire Curriculum I offer on TpT...
Entire 4 Year Curriculum, 20 Full Units, (50,000 Slides) HW, Notes, and much more

Best wishes,

Ryan Murphy M.Ed

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