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Individual Independent Projects

Grades:
3-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will plan, gather research materials and create a project of their choice. In doing so student will learn proper research methods (i.e., reliable sources) and how to categorize and translate information. In addition students will become comfortable and familiar presenting information to others. Lastly, students will also learn how to create a rubric for self evaluation.
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Build the Ultimate Solar Oven

Grades:
3-5
Learning Goal(s):
At the end of this lesson students will be able to: plan, sketch, design and build a new solar oven. In addition, students will be able to cook food with their solar oven.
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Lesson Number:
11
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Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
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Let’s Get Cooking!

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
At the end of this lesson students will be able to: • Follow and prepare a recipe for cookies. • Learn to take and record oven temperature every 30 minutes using an infrared thermometer. • Evaluate the three ovens with a pros and cons list for each one after cooking. • Write one or two of their own questions. • Make suggestions for design changes.
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Let's Build Sun Ovens

Grades:
3-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will follow written directions and use what they have learned about necessary components of a solar oven to build three different ovens in small groups.
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Lesson Number:
9
Author:
Lisa Morgan
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Earth Sun

Daily Variations in Solar Energy

Grades:
3-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will understand that when the sun is lower in the sky, it casts a longer shadow on an object. When the sun is higher in the sky, it casts a smaller shadow. Students will also understand the importance of adjusting the position of a solar oven every half hour or so throughout the cooking process to insure that the bottom of the oven is facing the sun directly in order to maximize heat absorption.
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Lesson Number:
8
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Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Earth Sun

Heat Transfer

Grades:
3-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will observe how some materials conduct heat and others insulate heat.
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Lesson Number:
7
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Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
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Light Is Transformed into Heat

Grades:
4-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will experience how some materials absorb heat from the sun and other materials reflect the sun and stay cool.
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Lesson Number:
6
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Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Earth Sun

Understanding Light

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will conduct simple experiments to learn what kind of materials absorb heat from the sun, what kind of materials reflect light from the sun and what color of materials do not get hot in the sun. This lesson gives students experience in beginning to learn about why certain materials and colors are used in solar ovens.
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Lesson Number:
5
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Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
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Saving Lives with Solar Ovens

Grades:
3-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will learn about different solar cooker designs and how they function. Students will learn the customs, jobs, food and clothing of people in different countries of Africa.
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Our Sensational Sun

Grades:
3-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
At the end of this lesson, students will have written numerous facts about the sun that they 1) already know, 2) want to know and 3) have learned.
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Lesson Number:
3
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Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min

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