Sunlight and Earth

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The lesson helps students discover that there is more to the Sun than its light and heat.  The lesson introduces the students to other benefits of Sunlight and the energy from the Sun to the planet and people.  Teaching the lesson in the outdoors on a sunny would also benefit the students and become truly a hands-on experience for them.  A follow-up lesson on photosynthesis is suggested as well.

Sunlight and Earth Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about how the Sunlight and Earth effects people
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson helps students discover that there is more to the Sun than its light and heat.  The lesson introduces the students to other benefits of Sunlight and the energy the sun provides to the planet and people.  Teaching the lesson in the outdoors on a sunny would benefit the students and become truly a hands-on experience for them.  A follow-up lesson on photosynthesis is suggested as well.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with lessons relating to fossil fuels, energy, plants, or the environment.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students why the Sun is important for the Earth.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Display all responses from the students.
  3. Combine responses which are alike or could be classified together. Introduce sunlight and the Earth.
  4. Distribute Sunlight and Earth content pages. Read and review the information and images with the students.  Carefully explain why it takes 8 minutes for light from the Sun to reach the Earth.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.  Save the final question for lesson closing.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Distribute colored pencils.  Check and review the correct colors with the class.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  8. In closing, ask: What is your favorite thing to do in the Sun?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.B, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 or 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Science