Solar Ovens: Frontload Vocab. And Preview Standards (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Debbie Abel
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
kinetic
potential
renewable
non-renewable
fossil fuels
global warming
climate change
solar energy
wind energy
hydroelectric power
sources of energy
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will preview vocabulary and standards in order to better comprehend future lessons.

Vocabulary and standards will be reviewed throughout all of the lessons, but this day is dedicated to front loading the vocabulary and previewing the standards.  Students will use their energy workbook to keep track of vocabulary from this point forward through the rest of the unit. View full description >>

What is Energy? Where does it come from? (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Debbie Abel
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
potential energy
kinetic energy
chemical
nuclear
elastic
gravitational
electric
light
heat
sound
motion
energy sources
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will obtain basic background information on energy. Students will use their background knowledge to determine what different examples of energy are.

Students will be introduced to the scientific meaning of energy and complete a lesson on forms of energy vs. sources of energy.  They will learn that most of the energy they use comes from fossil fuels.  (Petroleum 35%, Natural Gas 27%, Coal 18%=82%)

Engagement Teaser:  The teacher will let the students know that they... View full description >>

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

play structure with electricians
Location:
Vancouver, WA
Grade Level:
5th
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
9.75 - kilowatts

Thanks to support from Clark Public Utilities Green Lights Customers, Solar 4R Schools managed the installation of a 12 kW solar photovoltaic system on Thomas Jefferson Middle School's play structure to supply the school with clean, renewable energy and a real-world learning opportunity. Educators at the school received a customized renewable energy teacher training from Solar 4R Schools in 2016, complete with hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website. A total of 15 teachers... Read full project narrative >>

Our Place in Space: Cosmic Ray Detector

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Author:
Jamie Repasky
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
radiation
muons
ultraviolet (UV)
Energy
work
light
atmosphere
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

• Students will discuss how energy from the sun is transmitted in a variety of forms that perform different amounts of work. • Students will identify multiple pieces of evidence that demonstrate energy being transmitted from the sun.

The students will be introduced to solar radiation with an activity centered on using a

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Our Place in Space: Cosmic Rays

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Author:
Jamie Repasky
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
math
solar power
visible light
ultraviolet (UV)
infrared (IR)
Energy
Watt
atmospheric conditions
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will learn how the sun affects their school by measuring the temperature at different locations around the building in the fall, winter, and spring. They will learn how to measure solar energy and look for trends in temperature and solar power over the year. These trends will then be used to investigate how energy reaches Earth from the Sun.

Using a map of school buildings, students will pick four areas to monitor over the year using wireless weather stations and the Solar Power Meter. In a following lesson, students will use an online

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Collecting and Reporting Data, Making Recommendations - Passive Solar Water Heating (Lesson 9)

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Author:
Eric Gronseth
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
solar energy generation
renewable and nonrenewable energy
electricity
light
energy transformation
photovoltaic
analysis
recommendations
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will identify variables related to the sun heating water such as time of exposure, air temperature, and color of container. Student groups will design and build solar water heater containers using five-gallon water jugs. Students will design containers using color, cover material, and surround as variables. Students will predict which container and location will collect the most heat from the sun.

Students will explore ways that the sun can be used to heat water and the variables involved in the efficiency of using the sun to heat water for use in homes or businesses. They will determine this through

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Setting Up the Experiment - Solar Water Heating (Lesson 8)

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Author:
Eric Gronseth
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
solar energy generation
renewable and nonrenewable energy
electricity
light
energy transformation
photovoltaic
Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will use their previous learning about observation and solar power to set up an experiment to determine the amount of heat that can be collected in water containers from the sun. Students will determine three variables that affect the jug’s absorption and trapping of energy from the sun. Students will take data measurements from these set ups in order to make evidence-based conclusions from the experiment.

Students will set up the experiment that they will use to determine the amount of energy from the sun that can be used to heat water and the variables that can help the exchange of heat most effectively. They

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Observing and Keeping Records (Lesson 7)

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Author:
Eric Gronseth
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
solar energy generation
renewable and nonrenewable energy
electricity
light
energy transformation
photovoltaic
observations
conclusions
Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will review scientific observations methods learned earlier and the application of those methods for the solar energy unit. Students will practice observations and data recording. Students will explain the importance of selecting useful variables from which they can collect data. Students will be prepared to implement an experiment in the classroom that they can draw conclusions from.

Students will review basic scientific observation methods and the importance of keeping and reporting accurate observations. Teacher will discuss with students the different types of variables that they can

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Home Energy Use (Lesson 6)

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Author:
Eric Gronseth
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
home energy usage
energy conservation
electricity
energy transformations
electrical power
Watt
Watt-hour
voltage
Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will make observations and record about the amount of energy used by various appliances in their home. Students will make conclusions about which items in their home are generating the most energy. Students will make conclusions about methods in which they can reduce the energy used in their homes.

This lesson is meant to provide students the opportunity to learn about the power usage of items in their home that they are already curious about. Students will learn to use a Watt meter to measure the

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Solar Energy Basics (Lesson 5)

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Author:
Eric Gronseth
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
solar energy generation
renewable and nonrenewable energy
electricity
light
energy transformation
photovoltaic
Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to describe the basic principles of solar power and list advantages and disadvantages of using solar power. Students will be able to distinguish between passive solar and photovoltaic solar power. Students will be able to determine what data from a solar array represents. Students will be able to determine the cause of energy generation trends when observed over longer periods of time.

Students will learn the basics of solar power and the difference between photovoltaic solar power and passive solar power. They will also learn the pros and cons of solar power and be able to describe the

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