In fifth grade, our area of focus for Earth Science is our own solar system. We will be studying the Earth’s moon and all of the planets in our solar system. This week, we learned more about the star at the center of our solar system, the Sun.
The Sun might appear to be nothing more than a big yellow ball in the sky, but actually there is a lot going on, both inside the Sun and on its surface. We learned that the temperature on the surface of the Sun is about 6,000 degrees Celsius, while within its core it can reach 15,000,000 degrees Celsius! No wonder its energy can reach us on Earth, even though the Sun is about 93,000,000 miles (150,000,000 km) away!
We made models of the Sun’s surface, and later we ate them! Check out our Voicethread to see how we represented the photosphere, sunspots and prominences (click on the photos to zoom in).
The idea for this activity came from the wonderful resources at NASA: Edible Model of the Sun
Were you surprised about what you learned about the Sun?
What questions do you have about our solar system?