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Kindergarten NGSS The Effect of Sunlight on the Earth's Surface

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This resource is now ready for distance learning. All the ideas you need to teach Kindergarten NGSS-PS3 Energy are included in the five lesson plans. Students will learn about how the sun's energy affects the earth's surface by completing several experiments, activities, and a STEM project! If you teach in a bilingual class, student resources are also available in Spanish. Check out Kindergarten Science: The Effect of Sunlight on the Earth's Surface in Spanish.

Lesson #1 Introduction to the Sun

Lesson #2 Introduction to the Earth's Surfaces

Lesson #3 Earth's Materials Outside

Lesson #4 What Effect does the Sun Have on Earth's Materials

Lesson #5 Building a Shelter

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area. Examples of structures could include umbrellas, canopies, and tents that minimize the warming effect of the sun.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth's surface. Examples of Earth's surface could include sand, soil, rocks, and water. Assessment of temperature is limited to relative measures such as warmer/cooler.
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.


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