SC.3.E.5.2

Identify the Sun as a star that emits energy; some of it in the form of light.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 3
Body of Knowledge: Earth and Space Science
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Big Idea: Earth in Space and Time - Humans continue to explore Earth's place in space. Gravity and energy influence the formation of galaxies, including our own Milky Way Galaxy, stars, the Solar System, and Earth. Humankind's need to explore continues to lead to the development of knowledge and understanding of our Solar System.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020040: Science - Grade Three (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7720040: Access Science Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.3.E.5.In.2: Recognize that the Sun is a star that gives off its own light.
SC.3.E.5.Su.2: Recognize that the Sun gives off light.
SC.3.E.5.Pa.2: Recognize that the Sun is bright.

Related Resources

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Lesson Plans

Marshmallow Mania:

After experiencing measuring objects to the nearest one-fourth inch, students are given diagrams of the results from using different colors of paper to cook marshmallows in a solar oven. Students measure diagrams' lengths to the nearest quarter inch and record the data on a line plot. Next students determine which color showed evidence of the melted marshmallows' lengths closest to the ideal 2begin mathsize 10px style 1 half end styleinches and use this information to make a proposal to a fictional company for the best color to use in their solar ovens for s'more making.

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Our Super Star:

Our star, the Sun, is an ordinary star. It is not particularly special compared to other stars in the universe; however, it is crucially important to us. As the massive energy source at the center of our solar system, the Sun is responsible for Earth's climate, weather, and life. In this lesson, students use observations, activities, and videos to learn basic facts about the Sun. Students also model the mechanics of day and night and use solar energy to make a tasty treat.

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Solar S’ mores:

This lesson plan covers the concept that energy from the sun reaches Earth in the form of heat and light. It incorporates concepts from Earth and Physical Science.

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Sunsational:

What is the sun? Why does the sun appear to be so big from Earth? These questions along with others will quench your inquisitive thirst. This lesson is intended to make students think critically while using real world literature. In addition to new gained knowledge, students will be challenged to work cooperatively with their peers and apply their knowledge through expository writing.

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Video/Audio/Animation

SDO: Three Years of Sun in Three Minutes:

This video shows three years of the sun as captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Student Resources

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Video/Audio/Animation

SDO: Three Years of Sun in Three Minutes:

This video shows three years of the sun as captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Parent Resources

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