Ask the children to illustrate one or more ways that our Sun influences our lives. Older children may enjoy creating a flow chart representing how our Sun impacts our world.
Connections to the National Science Standard(s)
Standards A&D (grades K–4): Communicate through writing or illustration an understanding that the Sun provides light and heat to the Earth and has properties that can be observed and described.
Standards A, D,&E (grades 5–8): Communicate an understanding, through writing or illustration, that our Sun is a major source of energy for changes on Earth's surface, such as growth of plants, winds, ocean currents, and the water cycle.
Standard A&D (grades 9–12): Understand and effectively communicate that the Sun is our major external source of energy and the energy for life primarily derives from it, and that it drives convection, and by heating the Earth's surface, atmosphere, and oceans it produces winds, currents, and our global climate.