Solar Flare Activities & Games

Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

This lesson contains activities and games that will help teach your students about solar flares, the eruption that can cause sunspots. Students will learn how solar flares are formed as well as their significance.

What is a Solar Flare?

When magnetic energy builds up, it releases in the form of a sudden burst of brightness. This burst is called a solar flare, and it can result in a sunspot on the surface of the sun. The flare occurs in three different stages: precursor stage, impulsive stage, and decay stage.

As your students learn about the sun and solar flares, it's important that they learn about the flare itself and also the historical context in which they were discovered and monitored by scientists. The following activities and games will help you as you teach your students about solar flares.

Solar Flare Diagram

Teach your students about the different stages of solar flares, and tell them that they are going to create a poster that illustrates these different stages. Divide students into pairs and pass out poster board and markers. Each pair decides on how to best represent this information using just illustrations and labels.

After students have made their diagrams, display them around the classroom and ask students the following discussion questions:

  • What do the diagrams have in common?
  • Which one surprised you in how they chose to illustrate the stages of the solar flare?
  • Did you learn anything new from the diagrams?

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