ERIC Number: ED216907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Solar Spots - Activities to Introduce Solar Energy into the K-8 Curricula.
Longe, Karen M.; McClelland, Michael J.
Following an introduction to solar technology which reviews solar heating and cooling, passive solar systems (direct gain systems, thermal storage walls, sun spaces, roof ponds, and convection loops), active solar systems, solar electricity (photovoltaic and solar thermal conversion systems), wind energy, and biomass, activities to introduce solar energy into the elementary school curriculum are presented in four sections: (1) sun and seasons - an introduction to properties of sunlight and relationship of sun and earth; (2) role of solar energy and conservation, how solar energy fits into the energy mix, and importance of conservation; (3) solar experiments, designed to foster an understanding of solar energy, its collection, and use; and (4) wind experiments. Each activity includes context (grade level and subject area), time required, overview, materials needed, advanced preparation, student outcomes, and extension activities. A selected list of resources, glossary of key vocabulary words, and student questionnaire for evaluating the activities are included. (JN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Commerce, Lansing.