Lesson Plan

Using Heat from the Sun

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 calculate how much the temperature changes in each. Follow up with a reading of the story Mr. Slaptail's Curious Contraption to reinforce key ideas from the experiment.

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  • Adaptable to the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Includes ideas for further experimentation with solar energy
  • A copy of the book Mr. Slaptail's Curious Contraption is available online (see additional materials)
  • Observation worksheets are provided in both English and Spanish
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