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Solar Energy and Diversifying Energy Resources

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
As pupils progress through this lesson, it will dawn on them that the sun is an amazing source of renewable energy. They examine a case study of a place where it wasn't welcomed, and then conduct research to decide their own positions on...
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Earth's Global Energy Budget

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce your earth science enthusiasts to the earth's energy budget. Teach them using an informative set of slides that include illuminating lecturer's notes, relevant vocabulary, embedded animations, colorful satellite maps, and a...
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Characteristics of the Sun

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
After reading about how the sun gets its energy, and about the layers and features of the sun's atmosphere, heliologists complete a comprehension worksheet. On it, they label features on a diagram of the sun and match terms from the...
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Using Heat from the Sun

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Let's heat things up! This simple experiment demonstrates for students the important role the sun plays in providing the earth with energy. Place one cup of water in direct sunlight and one in shade, then take measurements in order to...
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People and Climate

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Model how the sun's energy strikes the planet and help your class relate it to a climate map. Assign small groups an individual climate zone to discuss. They reflect on and research how humans survive in the assigned climate and write a...
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Solar Heat: Building and Testing a Solar Oven

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Building a solar oven is always an enriching and engaging activity when your class is studying forms of energy or alternative and renewable energy sources. This lesson plan refers you to the re-energy.ca home website for specific...
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The Photoelectric Effect in Photocells

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Illuminate your physics class with this examination of a photovoltaic cell. Teach the structure and operation of the device using a diagram. Then make a human-powered, larger-than-life sized model of a PV cell. Learners become electrons...
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The Absorption of Solar Energy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Two sequential parts to this lesson introduce your class to the electromagnetic spectrum, the ability to absorb radiant energy, and the pigments in leaves that are responsible for collecting sunlight to be used in the photosynthetic...
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Solar Kit Lesson # 12 - Calibration Curve for a Radiation Meter

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Scientists need to have mastered algebraic slope-intercept concepts in order for this lesson to be effective. They will measure and graph solar panel output as a function of the amount of radiation striking it, discovering that there is...
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Solar Kit Lesson #7 - Positioning Solar Panels I: Explorations with Tracking

For Teachers 6th - 9th
In this first part of a two-part lesson, learners track and record the sun's azimuth using a solar panel. They graph and analyze the data to identify relationships among the time of day, the altitude and azimuth of the sun, and the...
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Solar Kit Lesson #3 Parts of a Solar Panel - Part I

For Teachers 4th - 6th
A solar cell is similar to a rechargeable battery in many ways. Science lab groups connect each in a series circuit to run a mini motor and then compare and contrast them by answering questions and completing a Venn diagram. This is an...
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An Environmental Puzzle: The Carbon Cycle

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle school science stars examine fuels and energy with a variety of activities. They begin with a KWL chart, read an informative passage, and then complete a puzzle. The puzzle itself is included. Cleverly, each piece corresponds to a...
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Renewable Energy Guide for Buildings

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Practical application of concepts taught in science make them stick with learners for years to come. Here, high schoolers read about energy efficient building methods and then experiment with insulation and passive solar heating....
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Solar Cooking

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Who needs a barbecue grill to cook hot dogs when you have the amazing power of the sun at your disposal? Engage young scientists in learning about solar energy with this fun activity that turns a used Pringles can into a solar powered...
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DIY Sun Science

For Students K - 8th Standards
Get an up-close-and personal look at the sun from the safety of your classroom with this fun science application. Offering numerous activities, images, and videos, the resource supports children of all ages as they learn about the sun.
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Solar Structures

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
It's time to soak up the sun! Youngsters read about active and passive solar heating systems, then they collaborate to create a miniature solar-heated building. Provide a variety of materials for them to incorporate and watch their...
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Renewables Workshop

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Youngsters examine resource maps to find out which states are using solar and wind power and discuss as a class various other renewable energy sources. They use a provided data table to record pros and cons to each technology, build and...
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Study Jams! Renewable Fuels

For Students 5th - 9th Standards
A single slide introduces each of the following renewable energy sources: hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, solar, tidal, and biomass. This provides a succinct overview that you can use as a visual aid when you first introduce alternative...
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Solar Power 101 - How Does Sunlight Turn into Electricity?

For Teachers 4th - 8th
A lively narrator talks about how solar energy can be converted into electricity. Brightly-colored animations and diagrams along with short video clips make this an appealing presentation. Use it as an introduction to solar power with...
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Solar Energy in New York

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine a variety of information for New York State including insolation data, and economic or political data, thus incorporating both science and social studies. Encouraging learners to become concerned citizens as they...
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Solar Kit Lesson #8 - Positioning Solar Panels II: Explorations with Stationary Panels

For Teachers 6th - 9th
This instructional activity is preparation-intensive, but well worth the investment. You will construct five or six portable testing stations with which lab groups will gather data on the best position for collecting sunlight with a...
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Solar Kit Lesson #1 - Solar Cell Inquiry

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Give youngsters the components of a solar-powered electric circuit and turn them loose to figure out how to connect them in order for a light to shine or motor to turn. They compare energy output of a solar panel to that of a battery. On...
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Leaves: All-Natural Solar Collectors

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Take a good look at tree leaves and notice the adaptations for collecting solar energy. Pupils trace the margins of five different leaves onto graph paper and count the number of squares covered. They then relate this infomation to the...
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Heating and Cooling a Really Large Lizard

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Remind your middle school scientists how fox ear size varies depending on the climate they live in; large ears allow heat loss while small ears keep heat in. Discuss how a cold-blooded animal might try to regulate body temperature. Then...
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Solar Car Series: during What Part of the Day Can the Most Sun Power Be Collected?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
In preparation for solar car races, middle schoolers attempt to discover what time of day the most solar energy can be collected. Begin by demonstrating the use of a voltmeter for measuring solar cell output. Take them outdoors to take...
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Solar Car Series: Angle/Energy Amount

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Does the angle of a solar panel change the output? Emerging engineers find out! Demonstrate for your class how they can angle a straw to match the angle of light rays coming from a source. Then turn them loose to experiment with the...
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Junior Solar Sprint Series: Electrical Power

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Through scientific inquiry, middle schoolers discover how to arrange solar cells in order to produce electricity. This activity is intended to prepare learners to be able to design and construct solar cars. As with other resources...
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The Sun: Earth's External Heat Engine - Part 1 of the Astronomy Model

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Designed by School Power...NaturallySM, this lesson plan familiarizes advanced earth science and physics learners about the variables that affect our supply of solar energy. They examine gas spectra and perform calculations. There is an...
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Renewable Resources

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Although this presentation was put together as a student teacher project, there is a segment of slides within it that can be used to introduce your young scientists to renewable energy sources. It compares nonrenewable resources to...
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Investigation: Making a PV Cell

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Rise and shine! Class members collaborate to construct a photovoltaic solar cell with two semiconductor layers, as guided by this fabulous lab sheet. They test its output with an ammeter or galvanometer. 
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Solar Thermal Energy: Harnessing the Power of the Sun

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A small community in Denmark meets almost all of its energy needs through a solar energy plant. The video explains how solar panels work. Individuals in European countries who have installed solar panels on their homes share the...
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Solar Energy

For Teachers 6th - 12th
"Here Comes the Sun" and other upbeat tunes, set the atmosphere for this video. It consists of pictures and text that define solar energy and tell how it is being used. Photovoltaic cells are explained, and pros and cons are presented....
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Alternative Energy

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Solar energy and biofuels are introduced as future alternative sources of energy. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has made it their mission to make these alternatives more efficient and competitive with the use of fossil fuels....
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Alternative Energy Sources

For Teachers 6th - 12th
With a variety of video clips and diagrams, the narrator acquaints the audience with three sources of alternative energy: the sun, the wind, and water. This is a homemade video created as a homework assignment, but it is well-done and...
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Science Fair Project - Electric Pulse Motor

For Teachers 7th - 12th
As a complex project, it's ideal for your older learners. Discuss electric currents and solar energy before building the motor to preload information. While sound is not included here, the steps are described through text and visual...
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Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Delve into the practical basics of solar energy. This video opens with a short explanation of photovoltaic cells and how they convert solar energy into usable electricity. Actual footage of photovoltaic cell installation and computer...
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Solar History

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Using the sun's light as a source of energy is not a new concept. Give your environmental studies, engineering, or physical science class this list of how humans have used solar energy throughout history. Assign groups a certain time...
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Solar Car Races: Build and retrofit for speed

For Teachers 6th - 9th
If you have solar car kits for your junior high schoolers, they can experiment with photovoltaic cell angle, light intensity, and aerodynamic design to discover what makes their car move more quickly. This is a classic activity to use...
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Renewable Energy Sentences

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students construct sentences using nouns and verbs from a "renewable energy" word bank. In this cross curriculum ecology and sentence structure grammar and mechanics lesson, students listen to the book Our Earth: Clean Energy by Peggy...
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To Go Solar or Not to Go Solar!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers imagine that they are on a panel to consider if a solar energy system would be advantageous to a new school as it is being built. They read the included handout and then each play a role as a participant in a community...
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Solar Hot Box

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students investigate how different colors and materials create various temperatures and apply this it the concept of solar energy.
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Investigation: Building a Parabolic-Trough Collector

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Amateurs of alternative energy build a mini parabolic-trough solar energy collector and use it to heat water. Temperature is recorded over a three-minute period and the data is graphed and analyzed. Note that in order to paint aquarium...
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Solar Thermal Power Station

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A forty story tower collects the sun's rays from a series of 600 mirrors and converts them into usable energy for the city of Seville, Spain. The video quality is poor, but the technology is amazing, making this worthwhile to show when...
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Greenhouse Gas Line-up

For Teachers 7th - 9th
The actual lesson itself is not unique; groups discuss and rank different sources of energy in order of their cumulative greenhouse gas emissions. They compare their prediction to real data. What makes this resource valuable, is that it...
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Energy in Today's Global Society

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Energy analysts assess the environmental cost of fossil fuels and compare it to various alternative energy sources. They role play a community scenario where they develop a plan to provide energy for a certain region. They present an...
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Survival Still

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Lead your class to construct a solar still on campus to demonstrate how water can be extracted from the soil. The power of solar energy is emphasized, as is the concept of how capillary water can be recovered and purified by using a...
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Schools Going Solar

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If your school has a photovoltaic system, you can use this lesson plan to guide learners through an investigation of the factors affecting performance. Familiarize yourself with the data acquisition system, and then provide data for your...
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Where Do Plants Get Their Food?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Plants need food to survive, just like any other living organism. Young biologists analyze an experiment performed in 1610 by Jan van Helmont to determine if plant nutrition is obtained through the soil. First, lab groups work together...
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Relative Positions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun Over Time

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Teacher pages for four different activities and three assessments are provided in this resource. Topics deal with how the sun's position and Earth's atmosphere affect the amount of solar energy reaching Earth's surface. The concepts and...
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Efficiency of Energy Conservation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Three versions of the same activity are explained in this writeup intended to investigate the energy conversion efficiency of your school's photovoltaic system. The first requirement then, is access to a solar system. You also need...
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Olympic Solar Energy

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students use cardboard and aluminum foil to construct a solar oven that concentrates enough sunlight to cook a hotdog. They review the history and use of solar energy in relation to the Olympics.
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Why is Summer Hot?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine how variations in temperature are due to the Sun and length of day.  In this solar lesson students complete a lab activity using thermometers and artificial sunlight to see how the earth is heated.
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Primary Energy Sources Pros and Cons

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students explore the different types of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. In this earth science lesson, students discuss the pros and cons of each type. They conduct a variety of experiments on renewable energy.
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Solar Action Projects

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students discuss the benefits of using solar energy. In this earth science lesson, students select a solar project they want to work on. They prepare a presentation and share this with the class.
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The Power of PV: Measuring the Power and Energy of Photovoltaic System

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Students explore photovoltaic systems. In this alternative energy activity, students calculate solar panel efficiency and convert devices to solar energy using photovoltaic cells.
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Catching Rays

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate solar collectors. In this energy lesson, students create and demonstrate solar collectors. They will use measurement, data collecting, and analyze their findings to determine the best orientations for their solar...
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Solar Energy

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Learners investigate energy. In this alternative energy sources lesson, students discover what solar energy is and if it is worth the cost to have solar panels installed. They watch a video and discuss as a class, and they work...
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Solar Racing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students design and build solar-powered cars. In this renewable energy lesson, students view websites showing a Department of Energy contest and solar-powered car design guidelines. They work in teams to design and build prototypes of a...
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Photovoltaics and Solar Energy

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners experiment with photovoltaic cells and determine the energy use of their appliances. In this renewable energy lesson, students calculate the energy emitted by a photovoltaic cell through an inquiry-based lab. They keep track of...
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Cooking with the Sun!

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students access prior knowledge of solar energy and understand that solar energy produces heat. In this solar cooker lesson, students complete grade appropriate experiments using the heat of the sun. Students complete a worksheet on...
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Energy Activities with Energy Ant

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
This resource is comprised of four different reading assignments, a board game, and a collection of worksheets about energy. You will need to peruse the individual handouts to see which apply to your curriculum and specific grade level,...
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Solar S’Mores

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars use the energy of the sun to make s'mores. In this solar energy lesson, students gather the listed materials and follow the procedures to find out if they can make s'mores using solar energy.
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Solar Matters II

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Students research solar energy. In this solar energy lesson, students construct a KWL chart and research solar energy through various websites and related readings. Students complete a science journal page as an assessment.
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Solar Energy Experiment

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students observe solar energy at work. In this science lesson, students watch two bottles, painted black and white, sit in the heat with balloons on the mouth of the bottles. They observe and discuss why the balloon of the black bottle...
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How Can Renewable Energy Be Used?

For Students 5th - 12th
In this renewable energy worksheet, students will write in details about the 4 types of renewable energy sources: solar, wind, moving water, and nuclear energy. This worksheet is a graphic organizer.
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TE Lesson: Using Heat from the Sun

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable fuels. They study investigate types of heat transfer such as convection, conduction, and radiation. They complete crossword puzzles based on the vocabulary. They design, construct and...
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Greenhouse S'Mores

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Your class will agree that this is the best way to demonstrate the greenhouse effect: making solar s'mores! Using a clear plastic cups as mini atmospheres, lab groups compare how adding different materials affects the melting rate of...
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How Solar Works

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Computer animations show how a solar energy system provides electricity throughout a house. It presents like a demonstration video that one might view at a convention or trade show. Perhaps it would be useful during a unit on renewable...
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Nanotubes, Surface Area, and Nanosolar Cells

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High school physics or environmental science classes benefit from this lesson plan on nanoscale and solar cells. A series of five activities familiarize them with tiny measurements and factors that affect efficiency of nanosolar cells....
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Green Fuel

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Four documents are listed in this plan, but the only applicable one is the last one. In it, you will find teacher's notes, grading rubrics, and lab sheets to guide your environmental science class through a 10-day project for designing,...
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Using Photovoltaic Cells and Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This interesting document suggests nine different activities for shedding light on photovoltaic cells. A bit of background information is furnished for you, as well as many, many resource links. Listed for each activity are a learning...
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How Photocells Work

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Give small groups of physical scientists tokens that represent electrons in a photovoltaic cell. They play a dice game in which they move the tokens around, representing the flow of electrons through the p-n junction of a semiconductor...
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Temperature and the Tomato

For Teachers 9th - 12th
You will need a photovoltaic system and monitor at your school in order to obtain all of the data required to thoroughly implement this lesson. Your class monitors daily temperature and insolation amounts over a two week span of time....
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Allocating Energy from a Photovoltaic System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How much electricity do you use in a day? Physics fanatics calculate their energy use by consulting a chart of the watts required to run typical household appliances. They compare power to amounts of electric energy used or generated....
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Cooking with the Sun

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore using energy from the sun for heating and cooking as they build and compare the performance of four solar cooker designs. This excellent two-day lesson has groups of students build and test a variety of solar cookers....
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Energy and Me: What is My Responsibility?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students investigate energy and their impact on the environment. In this environmental lesson plan, students will conduct a series of three activities that will help in their understanding of energy and how we use it.
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Photosynthesis Summary

For Students 6th
In this photosynthesis summary, 6th graders read the one page passage which contains vocabulary, definitions and a summary of the process, then answer 2 guided reading questions.
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Schools Going Solar: Planning for Solar Hot Water Installations

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students identify the steps used in placing solar water heaters in the school. In this alternative energy lesson, students will generate a variety of questions to ask an expert about solar water heater installation. They will discuss the...
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Experiments with Photovoltaic Cells

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explain how sunlight is converted to electricity. In this series of physics lesson plan, students study how varying the characteristics of the light source affect photovoltaic cells. They research their different uses in...
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ENERGY, Design Competition: Energy Systems of the Future!

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine energy, where it comes from and the different fuels that are used.  In this energy lesson students design an energy infrastructure using a renewable energy source. 
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Looking into Surface Albedo

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students demonstrate how the color of materials on Earth affect the amount of solar energy that is absorbed.  In this solar energy instructional activity students complete a lab to explore how the color of materials on the Earth's...
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Energy in the Round - Solar

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students identify and define terms related to solar energy by playing a class game. In this solar energy lesson, students use provided cards to play a class game. They read the "I have ... Who has" card relating to solar energy and the...
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Solar Hot Box or Cooker

For Teachers 5th - 6th
  Learners brainstorm about solar energy then construct a solar cooker to test the maximum temperature that materials can reach. In this solar energy lesson, students experiment and record temperature of water in their hot boxes while...
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Solar Hot Dog Cooker

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students create a solar hot dog cooker. In this solar energy lesson, students use various materials such as tin foil and cardboard to build a hot dog cooker. Students cook their own hot dogs.
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Energy Crossword

For Students 7th - 12th
For this energy worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle by filling in the terms associated with the 15 clues given. Students review the different types of energy sources.
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How do plant & animal cells make and use energy?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students show the relationship between the need for plants to undergo photosynthesis in order to generate oxygen. They see the flaws associated with this thinking because of the lack of CO2 and H2O and lack of sufficient gravity in order...
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Solar Kit Lesson #7 Positioning Solar Panels I: Explorations with Tracking

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students track and record data on the Sun's position in the sky and on the output of a solar panel tracking the Sun. On a second day, students graph and analyze the data to identify relationships between (1) the time of day, (2) the...
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Solar Energy - Dehydration

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore process of drying food using solar energy. They cook and/or dry food such as pumpkins, watermelon, corn, and deer meat, explain how solar energy changes foods, and compare and contrast solar energy with other forms...
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From Sunlight to Electric Current

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore concept of current in electrical circuits. They examine how energy from the sun can be used to power everyday items, including vehicles.
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Solar S'Mores

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students see that solar energy is the energy given off by the sun. They explain that when light energy is absorbed by objects it is changed to heat energy and that dark-colored objects absorb more light and store more heat from sunlight.
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Solar Oven

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars construct a solar oven using cardboard, duct tape, aluminum foil and other materials. They use the solar oven to cook something and keep a journal of their project.
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Solar Energy Experiment

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students engage in an experiment which demonstrates that energy from the sun can be collected and stored in many ways. They use two bottles, one white and one black, to compare how colors can affect the absorption of the sun's rays.
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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore different sources of energy. In this energy lesson, students investigate renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy. Young scholars discover the need for renewable energy sources and its impact on the environment.
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Hot and Cold Colors

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students experiment with the color and solar energy absorption. In this color and solar energy absorption lesson, students spend two days discussing and experimenting with the concept of energy absorption. They paint cans with different...
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Breakthroughs and Barriers

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students construct a solar technology timeline. In this energy lesson, students explain the benefits of using solar inventions. They present their timeline in class and write a reflection journal.
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Our Solar Roof

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students sketch what a solar installation will look like. In this energy lesson, students examine the benefits of using solar energy. They record a video on the installation event for further study.
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Measuring Solar Energy

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students study solar energy and how to measure it.  In this energy sources lesson students complete a lab, obtain data and use that to convert surface temperature to energy. 
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Running on Renewables

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use software to determine the costs and benefits of renewable energy. In this clean energy lesson plan, students find out the most cost-effective use for clean energy grant money. They use free Internet-based software to assist...
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Solar Energy

For Students 8th - 10th
In this solar energy learning exercise, students read about the uses of solar energy, the benefits and the costs. They answer four critical thinking questions about solar energy.
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Solar Cooking

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students experiment with a virtual solar cooker to discover the mathematical relationship among reflection, transmission and absorption. Then they actually build and test a solar cooker of their own invention.
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Using GLOBE Data to Study the Earth System (College Level)

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students use the GLOBE Website to locate and study environmental data. They use the GLOBE Graphing Tool to display data. Students describe the role of solar energy in the annual fluctuations of soil moisture. They describe reservoirs and...
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Solar Energy Connection

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students conduct solar experiments. They calculate the solar gain and operate a solar cell devise used to generate electricity. Students compare and contrast solar energy gain with students in India. They analyze the difference...
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How Much Energy Does the Earth Receive from the Sun?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore energy. In this science lesson, students conduct an experiment in which they measure how much energy is produced by the sun. Students build a calorimeter to measure the amount of energy.
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Power In Variety

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Students discover different types of energy. In this energy source lesson students compare different types of energy, renewable and nonrenewable. Students answer questions about the different types of energy and their impact on the...
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Using Solar Energy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students experiment to determine the effect of solar energy on the temperature of water. For this renewable resources lesson, students measure the temperature of water in a flask that is exposed to sunlight. They relate their results to...
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How the Amount of Solar Energy Absorbed by the Earth is Dependent Upon the Earth's Position

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the angle of light and how it faces the earth. They conduct a series of investigations with the following two objectives. Students determine if the angle of light is a factor in the absorption of heat. They correlate...
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As the Sun Burns

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students investigate the sun's energy. They explore various websites, demonstrate proper solar protection, conduct experiments using special UV beads, and complete worksheets.
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Solar Energy and the Greenhouse Effect

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine and explore how dark colors absorb more energy (heat) than light colors. They make observations and measurements about the amount of light absorbed.
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Reflective Solar Cooker

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students build and use a reflective solar cooker to cook marshmallows.
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What Stores Solar Energy Best?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils discuss reasons and methods for keeping a home warm in winter and cool in summer as examples of energy storage. Students participate in a solar energy experiment.
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Māui and the Sun

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Using a Maori legend, How Maui Tamed the Sun, youngsters are introduced to the importance of sunlight to civilization. Teach them about nuclear fusion that occurs to produce the solar energy we later receive on Earth as electromagnetic...
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Sun Sensitive Paper

For Students 1st - 5th
Photo reactive paper is used to do art! You can order this type of paper, have learners place objects on it, and then set it out in the sunlight for a few minutes to create a print. A chemical reaction occurs, driven by light, to turn...
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Sun Sensitive Paper

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Photo reactive paper is used to do art! You can order this type of paper, have learners place objects on it, and then set it out in the sunlight for a few minutes to create a print. A chemical reaction occurs, driven by light, to turn...
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Solar Cell Simulation

For Teachers K - 4th
Students study photovoltaic technology. In this photovoltaic technology lesson, students simulate a photovoltaic system. Students discuss how to simulate a cloudy day.
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What's Cooking?

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars investigate solar energy by making sun tea.  In this ecology and solar energy instructional activity, students prepare traditional tea and "sun" tea, then record and graph data comparing color, clarity, smell and taste.
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Cloudy vs. Clear

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students analyze line plots. In this weather lesson using real NASA data, students discuss how weather affects the way the Earth is heated by comparing different line plots.
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Light Can Heat Too!

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore absorption and reflection of light energy. In this solar energy lesson, 3rd graders explore how light energy transfers to heat energy through the construction of a solar water heater. Students will discuss and...
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Chemistry: Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students research on renewable and nonrenewable resources. In this chemistry lesson, students design and build solar panels. They evaluate their device and write a lab report.
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Solar Water Heater

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners design and build their own solar heater. In this technology lesson, students explain why solar energy is a good alternative to fossil fuels. They describe how their solar heater model works.
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If You Can’t Stand the Heat

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students design and build their own solar cooker. In this math lesson, students determine the relationship between the angles of the sun, reflection and cooking time of the solar cooker. They test their project, collect data and analyze...
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Cooking Green

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars build their own solar cooker using recycled materials. In this technology lesson, students relate their activity to the engineering design process. They write a detailed description of their results and analysis.
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Survival Still

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explain how to desalinate water using solar energy.  In this solar instructional activity students complete a lab activity and explain capillary water. 
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Solar Cell Energy Nationwide

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students study solar energy. In this science lesson, students discuss the NASA data to find out which area of the country is most likely to produce solar energy by looking at solar radiation graphs.
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The Role of the Atmosphere and Greenhouse Effect in Determining the Surface Temperature of the Earth

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students complete research and solve problems that show the factors that determine the temperature of the earth's surface including the effect of greenhouse gases. They look at the relationships between solar energy, atmosphere, and how...
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Earth's Atmosphere and Temperature

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the layers of earth's atmosphere and conduct an experiment to identify carbon dioxide. They construct models using styrofoam to represent molecules in the atmosphere's layers. To discover how sunlight efffects...
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Solar Energy

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Students find out where on campus is the most reliable and/or the strongest energy, record outside temperature and temperature inside the solar box during each week, and participate in discussion questions and make generalizations.
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On the Map: Solar BC Projects

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students research about the different solar installations in their area. For this solar energy lesson, students analyze an interactive map and identify trends in solar installations. They explain the benefits of using solar energy.
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Green Living

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students role play moving to an unknown virtual island. In this earth science lesson plan, students describe energy challenges they're facing. They discuss possible energy options available.
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So, just how hot am I?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students design a lab demonstrating the scientific method. In this earth science lesson, students investigate different materials for their heat absorbing property. They report their findings in class.
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Who Has Seen the Wind? Harnessing Alternative Energy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students assess the importance of wind power in generating energy. In this earth science lesson, students analyze the factors affecting wind power in certain locations. They select a potential site for wind turbines and explain why their...
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Energy

For Students 9th - 12th
In this energy worksheet, learners complete a crossword puzzle by determining the terms associated with the 20 given clues. Students review alternative forms of energy in this worksheet.
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Secret Message: Worksheet #1

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this following directions worksheet, students will have to follow 12 directions in order to decipher a secret message. The message is "Solar energy is renewable."
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Solar Energy Word Search

For Students 9th - 10th
In this word search worksheet, students single out fifty words related to solar energy. Examples include spectrum, thermal, and focal point.
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Daily and Seasonal Cycles

For Teachers 1st
First graders identify the sun as a source of heat and light. They identify features of houses that help keep use sheltered and comfortable throughout daily and seasonal cycles. Students are told that summer is the best season to...
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A Cosmic Cafeteria

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students indentify and differentiate between transit and surface food systems. Students measure energy that is released by various foods. Students compare and contrast cooking with solar energy on earth and what they might have learned...
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TE Activity: You're in Hot Water

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students study different ways of using solar energy. They design a solar water heater and determine how much water it can heat in a set amount of time. They examine how the heaters work by solar radiation and convection.
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Let the Sun Shine!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate how the sun can be used for energy. They read a handout, discuss the pros and cons of passive solar building design, develop flashcard questions, and identify jobs that can be helped by solar energy.
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It's All In The Surface: The Effects Of Color & Texture On The Ability Of A Surface To Absorb Solar Energy

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine how dark surfaces absorb more light than light surfaces. They perform an experiment that compares various surfaces abilities to absorb heat, then record and analyze the results.
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Energy Activities

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students conduct a variety of experiments related to solar energy, heating, cooling, gravity, physical insulation and wind. They consider how the experiments relate to energy and the consumption of energy and then participate in a class...
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Physical Science: Solar Energy

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students review and discuss how Solar energy and electricity produce light and heat. They create a photo/picture journal and include pictures taken during solar energy activities to a PowerPoint slide presentation.
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Energy

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils, using the Internet to research the different types of energy that people use, prepare a slideshow presentation with their research.
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Earth Science Astronomy Unit: Seasons on Earth

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders describe how the Earth's position causes seasonal changes. In this astronomy instructional activity, 8th graders explain how solar radiation varies depending on the season. They create a collage or poster on each of the...
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Sun Friendly Homes

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars design and build a model solar energy home. In this technology lesson, students test the efficiency of their model houses by measuring temperature at regular intervals. They analyze data and share results with the class.
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Solar S'mores

For Teachers K - 2nd
In this solar energy lesson, young scholars conduct an investigation that allows them to observe the occurrence of solar energy by creating a "solar oven" and cooking s'mores. 
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Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students build a solar oven. In this solar energy lesson, students follow directions that show them how to build a solar oven made from a pizza box that can heat up food.
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To Gol Solar or Not to Go Solar!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners evaluate the feasibility of installing a photovoltaic system on the roof of a new school being planned for their community. They research the topoc and then each student assumes the role of a specialist having a specific point...
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Energy Transformations

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore energy transformations. They work in pairs to create an Inspiration document that summarizes some of the way that solar energy is transformed into other forms of energy on Earth. They display their documents in...
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Solar Energy Hot Box

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders identify different materials that affect solar heating, identify factors that produce maximum solar heating, and solve a design problem for the solar hot box.
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Orbital Motion

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students use a formula to measure the eccentricity of an ellipse, then state Kepler's Law of Elliptical Orbits. They predict the solar energy received at different positions in a planet's orbit.
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Type of Energy - Dot to Dot Puzzles

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this energy worksheet, students connect the dots to complete pictures of three types of energy that include solar energy, static energy, and stored energy. They color the page and draw other examples of energy in a box at the bottom...
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Aluminum Science

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students design and create a solar stove. They "cook" chocolate marshmallow treats using solar energy. They record the temperature using thermometers and determine how long it takes for a chocolate square to melt over a marshmallow.