Heat Conduction of Different Materials (Lesson 10)

All American Sun Oven
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Author:
Debbie Abel
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
conductors
energy transfer
radiation
states of matter
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will learn that the material of the item that they choose to cook their egg in matters because different materials conduct heat differently. Students will compare insulators with conductors. Students will determine the purpose of conductors within a solar oven.

After a demonstration using Amazing Ice Melting Blocks, students will conduct small temperature experiments using different types of materials.  They will use what they learn to build their solar ovens and additionally answer discussion questions in their notebooks.

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Insulation (Lesson 9)

All American Sun Oven
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Debbie Abel
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
radiation
energy transfer
insulators
conductors
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will learn that they can increase the temperature inside of their solar ovens with insulation. Students will determine what makes a good insulator. Students will make observations about different types of insulators. Students will discuss real world examples of insulators.

Students will learn about the importance of insulation in a solar oven.  They will use their own background knowledge, as well as observations of insulation used to contain thermal energy, and determine how this will be incorporated into solar ovens. View full description >>

Professional Sun Oven (Lesson 8)

All American Sun Oven
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Author:
Debbie Abel
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
solar energy
electromagnetic radiation
energy transfer
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will learn how a professional solar oven works. Students will make scientific observations about the functionality of a solar oven. Students will practice prototyping through their own sketches of a solar oven.

Students will view a professional solar oven in use and hypothesize how it works.  They will do this through observing the oven in action as it cooks an egg, then recording their observations.  This will be recorded in their energy notebooks. View full description >>

Analyze Data and Develop Conclusions (Lesson 9)

Solar Boat Race
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Carol Patrick
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transfer
energy transformation
analysis
conclusions
writing frames
quantitative analysis
qualitative analysis
observations
writing
Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Learning Goal(s):

Students will analyze data from the solar boat races and develop conclusions. Students will write out their conclusions in a clear, articulate manner that demonstrates the usage of evidence from their own observations. Students will determine specific uses for quantitative vs. qualitative data in science experiments.

Students have performed the investigation. They will now analyze their data, refer to their initial predictions, and develop their conclusions. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the usefulness of

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Solar Boat Science Investigation (Lesson 6)

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Author:
Carol Patrick
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transfer
force
Laws of Motion
engineering design process
investigation
variable
fair test
dependent variable
independent variable
controlled variable
control
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will design an investigation to test three models of solar vehicles. Students will justify which materials will be used in their construction. Students will be able to support their design with reasoning. Students will determine different methods of collecting data from their experiment relating to three types of solar boats.

Design a science investigation to test a solar speedboat, airboat, and surface submarine. Students will use the “Planning an Investigation Template” in order to determine their motivations for designing a

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How Do Solar Panels Work? (Lesson 4)

2-Volt, 500mA Solar Modules
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Author:
Carol Patrick
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
solar energy
photovoltaic effect
solar thermal
electromagnetic radiation
greenhouse effect
absorption
reflection
conductivity
energy transfer
photons
electrons
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to describe, in basic terms, the way that electricity is generated from a solar cell. Students will be able to determine that energy from the sun is being converted directly into electricity. Students will understand that this electrical energy that is produced in this energy transfer is able to perform the work required within a small load.

Students will learn the basics of how a solar cell generates electricity and observe the effects on a small electrical load attached to a solar module under a variety of conditions. They will build upon

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What is Energy Transfer? (Lesson 2)

Energy Transformations
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Carol Patrick
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
potential energy
kinetic energy
energy sources
renewable energy
circuits
energy transfer
energy transformation
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will obtain the foundational knowledge of energy sources and forms of energy. In addition, students will learn that energy can transfer from one form to another. Students will be able to match images of energy transformations to their respected vocabulary.

Students will continue to build an understanding of the fundamentals of energy through observing and describing a variety of energy transformations and build on their foundational vocabulary for identifying

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What is Energy? (Lesson 1)

Energy Transformations
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Author:
Carol Patrick
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
potential energy
kinetic energy
energy sources
nuclear energy
fossil fuel energy
renewable energy
circuits
energy transfer
fuels
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

Students will obtain the foundational knowledge of energy sources and forms of energy. In addition, students will learn that energy can transfer from one form to another. Students will build the understanding that there are different types of energy and many can not be directly observed.

Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of energy through observing a variety of energy transformations and develop a foundational vocabulary for identifying and discussing energy concepts.

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