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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

The Sun

sun-for-lettter-sRelated Posts:

Day & Night: The Sun and The Moon

Our Solar System

Sunflower Theme

Recommended Books:

  • The Sun Is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch
  • Sun Up, Sun Down by Gail Gibbons
  • Sun Song by Jean Marzollo
  • How The Rooster Got His Crown by Amy Lowry Poole (Chinese folktale about the Sun)
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (shadow theme)

Brain Game: What grows and has ‘Sun’ in its name? (Sunflower)

Lesson Points To Cover:

  • the Sun is a star (the nearest star to our planet)
  • it gives us light and heat, which are very powerful so we need to protect ourselves, especially during the hot Summer season (see my post Summer Safety Tips)
  • without the Sun we cannot survive
  • the Sun does not orbit; all the planets in our solar system orbit around it
  • it takes a year for the Earth to orbit around the Sun – this is why we have four seasons
Worksheets:

Activities:

Since the Sun produces light, we can see shadows…

  • Math/Time Based – Have the child go outside to produce a shadow and measure it three different times during the day from the same spot (morning, noon, and afternoon) to show how our shadows grow or change directions as time progresses through the day. (Being Shadowed worksheet)
  • Art Based – Have the child stand outside to produce a shadow and you trace their shadow outline with sidewalk chalk then they can create an artistic version of their shadow by coloring it with various chalk colors and designs.
  • Motor Skills Based – Have the child go outside to dance with their shadow or play a game of shadow tag where you and the child try to step on or “tag” the other’s shadow.

Poem: My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

Crafts:

Songs:

You Are My Sunshine

Mr. Sun

Spanish:

  • Sun = El Sol
  • Light = Luz
  • Shadow = Sombra
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This entry was posted on May 31, 2012 by in Astronomy, Science, Weather and tagged , , , .
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