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Sun or Shade?

Lesson Description:
Students use a thermometer to measure the air temperature in several places around the school and then return to the classroom to graph the data. In addition, students will grow three plants in different amounts of sunlight and record their growth. This lesson includes ties to Utah math and science standards.
Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

Time Needed:
1 hour -10 days
Standards Addressed:
Science - 3rd grade
  • Standard 5 Objective 1:
  • Provide evidence showing that the sun is the source of heat and light for earth.

Mathematics - 3rd grade
  • Standard 4 Objective 1:
  • Select and use appropriate tools and units to estimate and measure length, weight, capacity, time, and perimeter of two-dimensional figures.
  • Standard 4 Objective 2:
  • Solve problems involving measurements.

Materials Needed:
What jobs can the sun do? 
  • White construction paper 
  • Pencil 
  • Crayons 
  • Markers 

Tempreature Measurements: 
  • Student thermometers
  • String
  • Sun or Shade? handout
  • Temperatures in the Sun and Shade chart  

School or Group:
Utah Education Network
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