Engaging young learners in unexpected ways entices them to buy into new courses of study. Before introducing this unit, on a beautiful sunlit afternoon, accompany your students outside for an out-of-the-norm-after-lunch recess, during which you conduct a "what-do-you-know" session. Begin your discussion with
"Isn't it a beautiful day! The Sun feels gooood, doesn't it? Let's close our eyes, and think about our Sun.
(Give your students a few seconds.)
"Open them! What can you share?"
Hands will surely fly. "
The Sun gives us light! It gives us heat! It stands still in the morning sky. The Sun goes away at night and disappears when it is cloudy…"
Their comments will be endless, but right then, you can wow your young learners with a few intriguing facts!
"Our Sun is actually a stara hot ball of gas that is constantly emitting heat, lightand magnetic forces, AND it never disappears. The Sun is quite an intriguing celestial bodywant to learn more!"
The response will be unanimous, and the adventure begins!