Lerato Cooks Up a Plan

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Students will identify a real world problem that can be solved using solar energy. Students determine how the sun can be harnessed without generating electricity from it.

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50 min
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The teacher will begin reading aloud the realistic fiction book, “Lerato Cooks Up a Plan” from Engineering is Elementary.  In this book, a young girl from Botswana learns science ideas that help her design a solar oven for her family.  Students will reflect on the story in their notebooks.

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• Read Aloud Book: “Lerato Cooks Up a Plan” • Background Information Cards on Botswana Song from iTunes: Botswana • iPod, iPhone and speakers