Using Multiple Solar Modules (Lesson 5)

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Author:
Leah Gorman
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will apply scientific ideas to design and test a solar powered water pump that moves water at the fastest rate. Students will experiment and build understanding of parallel and series wiring and how energy moves in these circuits. Students will record data accurately into a table.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
3.MD.2

Students first explore with 0.5 Volt solar cells to see whether adding cells to a circuit increases the amount of water pumped by a small pump. They are introduced to parallel and series wiring. They then design and carry out a formal experiment to test their ideas. This lesson may be used with minor modifications to fulfill Oregon’s Science... View full description >>

Exploring Solar Powered Water Pumps (Lesson 4)

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Author:
Leah Gorman
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

Students will make observations about how a solar cell needs to be set up to push water through a pump and hypothesize about how energy is changing form as the pump runs.

Students explore with a solar cell and a pump to discover how to make the pump run. They will hypothesize and informally test whether they can make the pump run faster or slower.

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Energy Changes Forms (Lesson 3)

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Author:
Leah Gorman
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
ELA
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

Students will understand that energy changes form. Students will be able to name different forms of energy and give examples of some of the transformations of energy that commonly occur. Students will find details and examples in informational text.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
4.RI.1

Students read informational text about the forms of energy and energy transformation. They use a graphic organizer in the form of a concept map to take notes on details and examples. Optional – using solar beads, solicit ideas about what energy transformation might be occurring that cause the beads to change color. View full description >>

What is Renewable Energy? (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Leah Gorman
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
ELA
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to list and describe the main natural resources that people get energy from. Students will be able to describe the affect the use of different sources of energy has on the environment. Students will be able to describe the advantage of renewable sources of energy.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
4.RI.9

Students learn about renewable energy sources through a read-aloud of Loreen Leedy’s The Shocking Truth about Energy. Students use Internet sources to obtain more information about alternate sources of energy. They complete a reflection to synthesize the information they have gathered. View full description >>

Hypothesizing Why Solar Beads Change Color (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Leah Gorman
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
solar energy
Energy
wavelengths of light
Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be introduced to the vocabulary of observation, hypothesis, and evidence. Students will use the process of science discourse where people respectfully listen and disagree with each other’s ideas.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
4.SL.1.b
4.SL.1.c
4.SL.1.d

The purpose of this activity is to introduce the idea that sunlight is energy and that this energy can be absorbed, converted into heat, or even cause a chemical reaction to occur. This lesson is also an introduction to the process of science, involving observation, hypothesis, testing, introducing evidence and respectfully listening to... View full description >>