With increasing daylight hours and spring right around the corner, now is a great time to explore the importance of the sun to our Earth. These lessons from Learning Lab help students of all ages understand the ways the sun provides energy, warmth and weather.
Through small-group collaboration, creative hands-on activities and public speaking scenarios, these three lessons provide engaging and meaningful opportunities for student learning:
- Kindergarten: Touched by the Sun, created by EcoRise and RIS. In this lesson, students craft hanging suns, and use their senses to learn about and describe ways in which the sun is valuable to us. Access the Spanish version.
- Grades 3–5: Where Does My Energy Come From?, created by Facing the Future. In this lesson, students work in small groups to classify energy sources as renewable or nonrenewable and design an energy trading card to present what they have learned to the class.
- Grades 7–8: What’s the Alternative? created by EcoRise and RIS. In this lesson, students research whether the five most common alternative energy resources are appropriate for their community, and present their findings to the “mayor.” Access the Spanish version.