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Solar Flip Book

In this activity, learners make a flip book that shows the progression of two solar events on reversible sides of the flip book. Event choices include the sunspot cycle, differential rotation of the sun using sunspots, a total solar eclipse, progression of a coronal mass ejection, and a sungrazing comet. Learners can access images from SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) and other satellites for their flip books. This resource also includes online links with background information about these solar events.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • Computer with internet access OR color print-outs of the satellite images OR color transparencies of the images
  • 22 unlined 3 in. x 5 in. index cards with a center hole punched at one end of each card
  • One paper fastener
  • One envelope
  • Colored pencils


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
      • Eclipses
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Moon
      • Asteroids and Comets

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Harris, Betty


  • Public Domain


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