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:
- Ask students why the Sun is important for the Earth.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Display all responses from the students.
- Combine responses which are alike or could be classified together. Introduce sunlight and the Earth.
- 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.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Distribute colored pencils. Check and review the correct colors with the class.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask: What is your favorite thing to do in the Sun?
- 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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