Using Multiple Solar Modules

Grades:
3-5
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.
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Kidwind Small Water Pump

Exploring Solar Powered Water Pumps

Grades:
3-5
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.
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Lesson Number:
4
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Author:
Leah Gorman
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Reading Concept Map

Energy Changes Forms

Grades:
3-5
Energy Content:
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.
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Lesson Number:
3
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Author:
Leah Gorman
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Sources of Energy

What is Renewable Energy?

Grades:
3-5
Energy Content:
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.
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Lesson Number:
2
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Author:
Leah Gorman
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Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
UV Color Changing Beads

Hypothesizing Why Solar Beads Change Color

Grades:
3-5
Energy Content:
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.
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Lesson Number:
1
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Author:
Leah Gorman
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min