Instructional Video

Bill Nye: Is Jupiter Like A Piece Of The Sun?

Jupiter and the sun are more alike than you might think. Examine the elements that make up these two heavenly bodies as part of the Fuse THNKR "Why with Nye!" playlist. Bill Nye explains the composition of the sun and Jupiter, then discusses the small differences that are responsible for Jupiter's core.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Distribute periodic tables so learners can locate the elements shown in the video
  • Ask the class why they think Jupiter became a planet rather than a star
Classroom Considerations
  • Review the concept of atomic mass with middle schoolers before watching the video
  • Pie charts help viewers compare the compositions of the sun and Jupiter
  • The resource is a great way to inject some basic chemistry into an earth science class
  • None
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