An Internet WebQuest on the Sun
3rd-5th grade (Reading
by Rochelle Barney
Introduction | Task | Process & Resources | Additional Resources| Evaluation | Conclusion | Extras
Did you know that our sun is a star? Our sun is a powerful star that makes life possible on our planet by providing light and heat. Why do we need the sun? What causes the sun to shine and give off heat? Can the sun be dangerous? Can the Sun ever disappear?
Warning: You have just entered the solar zone! Put on your sunglasses and sunblock and come take a journey into the solar system so we can explore our own amazing star!
Attention Solar Stars: Are you ready for blast-off into the center of our solar system? You will start feeling hot, hot, hot! Hold on!
The Process and Resources
Part 1 - Mysteries for Solar Star Scientists
To solve the many mysteries of our sun, this is what you will need to do.
Sun Scientists1. "Sun"-Sational Looks
2. Sun Giver
3. Heater & Shiner
4. Danger Alert
5. Eager Eclipser (For someone who wants extra fun)
Part 2 - Putting it Together: Requirements and Tips
After you have found the answers to your questions and have been filled with "sunny" delight, design your final project. Here are some tips and requirements for your final project.
Requirements for Hyperstudio Stack
Each scientist will need to make a layout for at least 2 cards within your group's stack. Each card should have text, at least one graphic, buttons, and sound. Each card should give a summary of interesting facts and list any discoveries you have made.
Requirements for Newscast
Each scientist will need to type out a 1-2 page script on a word processor and create at least 2 graphics within a paint or draw program to accompany their script and act as visual aids.
Go to Process & Resources Go to Sun Scientists Go to Requirements and Tips
Additional Web Links
Kids 'n Space
The Sun: Power Plant of the Solar System
The Sun: NCTM & NSES
National Geographic's Solar System
The Sun: Pictures & Facts
The Planets & Stars: Images through a Telescope
Your performance will be evaluated in 2 ways. It will be evaluated for the work you do individually collecting and organizing information. You will also be evaluated for the final project your group puts together. Please click on the rubric to see how you will be evaluated.
Now that you have journeyed to the sun, you should be loaded with sizzling hot facts about the sun. Did you know that we had such an amazing star over our heads every day? Now, when you look up in the sky and see the bright rays overhead, you should know why you are feeling heat, what is going inside the sun, why we need the sun, and how to protect yourself from the sun. Isn't our sun simply "sun"-sational?
Fun Sun Crafts & Activities
Animation and clip art provided by:
July 12, 1999