Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface. K-PS3-1
Clarification Statement: Examples of Earth’s surface could include sand, soil, rocks, and water
Assessment Boundary: Assessment of temperature is limited to relative measures such as warmer/cooler.
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in K–2 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple investigations, based on fair tests, which provide data to support explanations or design solutions.
Make observations (firsthand or from media) to collect data that can be used to make comparisons. (K-PS3-1)
Scientific Investigations Use a Variety of Methods
Scientists use different ways to study the world. (K-PS3-1)
Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Sunlight warms Earth’s surface. (K-PS3-1)
Cause and Effect
Events have causes that generate observable patterns. (K-PS3-1)
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Students use their senses to investigate changes in the seasons by making observations in nature. They collect data by drawing, writing, and or labeling their observations to compare how sunlight affects themselves and objects as the seasons change. ...
In this lesson, students will take a closer look at the sun and begin to recognize its function in heating and warming the air, land, and water that sustains our lives. This will involve drawing their attention to the basics of the heat around them a ...
This lesson is part of a series of lessons developed in Alaska about changing climate and weather for grades K-1. In this short lesson students will investigate how the sun’s energy warms water after sharing the book, Temperature: Heating Up an ...
In this unit of study, in a series of six lessons, students will use their observations to develop an understanding that sunlight warms Earth's surface and use their knowledge to design and build a prototype of a structure that will reduce the wa ...
This lesson includes several activities where students observe, explore, and analyze shadows. Students will make inferences about the cause of shadows,
The lesson is linked to NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft in its voyage to and around Mercury. This ...
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