How Sunlight Warms the Earth
- Explain how a material left in the sun for a while is warmer compared to the same material kept in the shade.
- Use the terms "in the sun" and "in the shade" correctly.
Kindergarten students associate the sun with light and warmth. This lesson helps them expand this knowledge by getting their hands dirty! They will fill cups with soil, water and rocks and place them in the sun and shade for a while. By finding out how they can tell where a cup has been stored, they will learn how the sun affects Earth's surface.
In a follow-up lesson, Create Shade to Protect from the Sun, students figure out how to protect a territory from getting too hot in the sun.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Area of Science
Weather & Atmosphere
Earth's surface, warm, cold, in the sun
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