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The students will compare temperatures of soil and water in and out of the sun, and recognize that the sun heats the land and water.
For each group:
The sun is the primary source of heat for the Earth. It heats the air, land, and water. Land heats up more quickly than water, but it also cools down more quickly.
1. Use science process and thinking skills.
f. Conduct a simple investigation when given directions.3. Understand science concepts and principles.
h. Use observations to construct a reasonable explanation.
a. Know science information specified for their grade level.4. Communicate effectively using science language and reasoning.
c. Explain science concepts and principles using their own words and explanations.
Invitation to Learn:
Have students close their eyes and imagine a hot, sunny day. Sweat is starting to form on their forehead. They can feel the heat through their clothing. Nothing sounds better than a big, tall, cold class of lemonade or water. Ask: Where outside would you like to drink your lemonade? After playing a fast paced game of basketball, where do you want to rest? Ask other questions that will lead them to answer that they would like to be in the shade. Then discuss why they would like to be in the shade. Talk about the differences between the temperature in the shade and the temperature in the sun. Have them write in their journal about how they feel in the sun and shade on a hot day. Reverse this idea and talk about a cool, breezy day. Compare the temperature of the sun and shaded areas. On a cold day, where would they rather be The sunny spot or the shady spot?
Fun in the Sun & Shade:
Lesson and Activity Time Schedule:
Assignments to do with parents: