The sun is a type of star in the center of our solar system. The eight planets (or nine!) that are in orbit around the sun are affected by the sun’s energy and gravity. Without the sun, we would not exist. There are many ways to talk about the sun.

  • The earth goes around the sun.
  • The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
  • The sun rose at about 7:15 this morning.
  • The sun is shining today.
  • The sun is out. (You can see the sun.)
  • The sun is gone. (You can’t see the sun because it’s behind clouds.)
  • California gets a lot of sun. (get a lot of sun = the sun is often out)
  • People like to live in places that get a lot of sun.
  • A person who gets too much sun might get sunburned.

The word "sunny" is an adjective:

  • Do you like sunny weather?
  • It’s very sunny in California.
  • Yesterday it was partly sunny.
  • Maria has a sunny personality. (She always seems to be happy.)

Many compound nouns are formed with the word "sun."

  • Sunshine feels good on your skin.
  • What time is the sunrise in the place where you live?
  • Sunsets are very romantic.
  • A sunburn results from too much time in the sun.
  • Sunscreen can help provide some protection for your skin.
  • Sunglasses help protect your eyes from the power of the sun.
  • Some cars have a sunroof that opens and closes to allow air and light through the roof of a car.
  • A sunfish is a type of fish that lives in lakes.
  • A sunflower is a type of flower that has a large yellow center full of seeds.


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March 21, 2019