Lesson Plan

Passive Solar Water Heating

This Passive Solar Water Heating lesson plan also includes:

Put empty milk jugs to good use. Scholars consider the characteristics they might change about a milk jug to improve light absorption. They design a passive solar water heater using the milk jug and then measure the temperature change in the water over time.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Take learners outside to measure the temperature of the water throughout the day 
Classroom Considerations
  • This is the first of three lessons in the Bioreactor Water Heating unit
  • Each group requires a milk jug
  • Includes a data sheet for pupils to record results
  • Lists possible lesson extensions
  • None
Common Core