Passive Solar Water Heating: Collecting and Reporting Data, Making Recommendations

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will identify variables related to the sun heating water such as time of exposure, air temperature, and color of container. Student groups will design and build solar water heater containers using five-gallon water jugs. Students will design containers using color, cover material, and surround as variables. Students will predict which container and location will collect the most heat from the sun.
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Lesson Number:
9
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Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Solar Water Heating Experiment

Setting Up the Experiment - Solar Water Heating

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will use their previous learning about observation and solar power to set up an experiment to determine the amount of heat that can be collected in water containers from the sun. Students will determine three variables that affect the jug’s absorption and trapping of energy from the sun. Students will take data measurements from these set ups in order to make evidence-based conclusions from the experiment.
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Lesson Number:
8
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Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min

Observing and Keeping Records

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will review scientific observations methods learned earlier and the application of those methods for the solar energy unit. Students will practice observations and data recording. Students will explain the importance of selecting useful variables from which they can collect data. Students will be prepared to implement an experiment in the classroom that they can draw conclusions from.
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Lesson Number:
7
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Author:
Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Kill-a-Watt Meter

Home Energy Use

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will make observations and record about the amount of energy used by various appliances in their home. Students will make conclusions about which items in their home are generating the most energy. Students will make conclusions about methods in which they can reduce the energy used in their homes.
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Lesson Number:
6
Author:
Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Sun

Solar Energy Basics

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to describe the basic principles of solar power and list advantages and disadvantages of using solar power. Students will be able to distinguish between passive solar and photovoltaic solar power. Students will be able to determine what data from a solar array represents. Students will be able to determine the cause of energy generation trends when observed over longer periods of time.
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Lesson Number:
5
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Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Checklist

Home Energy Survey

Grades:
4-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to describe the basic principles of various forms of energy and write a detailed description of one of those forms of energy. This written product will include common uses of this form of energy, costs, and basic advantages and disadvantages of using this form of energy.
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Lesson Number:
4
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Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Sources of Energy

Energy Research Project

Grades:
4-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to describe the basic principles of various forms of energy and write a detailed description of one of those forms of energy. This written product will include common uses of this form of energy, costs, and basic advantages and disadvantages of using this form of energy.
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Lesson Number:
3
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Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Sources of Energy

Brainstorm Energy Source

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will begin to think about various appliances and items that they use and the energy that those items consume. Students will brainstorm ideas of energy sources without worrying about right and wrong answers. Students will create a visual reference for different types of energy resources with their classmates.
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Lesson Number:
2
Author:
Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Energy Transformations

Energy Sort

Grades:
4-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will begin to think about various appliances and items that they use and the energy that those items consume. Students will make connections between common objects in their lives and energy transformations taking place.
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Lesson Number:
1
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Author:
Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min