Leaves: Nature’s Solar Collectors

by: Aaron D. Isabelle and Cornelis de Groot

One of the most captivating things about plants is the way they capture the Sun’s energy, but this can be a difficult topic to cover with elementary students. Therefore, to help students to make a concrete connection to this abstract concept, this series of solar-energy lessons focuses on leaves and how they act as “solar collectors.” As students pondered the mechanics of leaves’ solar-collecting abilities, they began to understand plant behavior in a meaningful way.

Level

Elementary School

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2009Stock # sc09_046_06_38Volume 046Issue 06

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