Solar vs. Battery Circuits (Lesson 6)

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Author:
Debbie Abel
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
solar energy
photovoltaics
electricity
renewable energy
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will do experiments that reinforce the idea that the sun’s energy can be transferred into electrical energy. Students will also explore and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy. Students will discuss how solar energy compares to other forms of energy generation.

In this lesson, students will explore and do small experiments with mini solar panels and circuit boards.  The class will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy.  Students will continue to work in their Solar Energy Student Notebooks to record their observations and discussion. View full description >>

Renewable/Green Energy (Lesson 5)

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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 learn about and observe different forms of renewable energy. They will also learn about the different photovoltaic cells installed on Beaverton or other schools with Solar 4R Schools projects.

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the different forms of renewable/green energy.  They will learn about the photovoltaic cells installed in our school district, Beaverton Schools. However, any project on www.solar4rschools.org will work just as well.

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Energy Efficiency - Lighting (Lesson 4)

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Author:
Debbie Abel
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
efficiency
electricity
Power
lumens
Watts
equivalent
LED (light emitting diode) light
CFL (compact fluorescent light)
incandescent light
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will understand what energy efficiency means, and learn how to choose energy efficient light bulbs. Students will determine which lightbulbs are the most efficient. Students will understand how energy efficiency relates to energy generation and climate change.

In this lesson, students will learn how to read light bulb packaging (lighting facts) and do a whole class experiment comparing a 60-watt incandescent to an equivalent CFL and an LED bulb. This experiment will be conducted using a kil-o-watt meter, engaging students with electricity content such related to power and energy usage in the home.  ... View full description >>

Non-renewable Energy/Global Warming/Pollution (Lesson 3)

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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 explore why there is a need for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Students will determine how non-renewable and renewable energy are a part of our lives. Students will understand how the greenhouse effect and nonrenewable energy sources relate to climate change.

This lesson will introduce the students to worldwide problems that we have with energy. (91% of the energy we use is non-renewable, 9% of the energy we use is renewable).  Students will explore the greenhouse effect as part of this lesson and relate this process to climate change. View full description >>

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%)

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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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