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Fun with the Sun - Teacher's Activity Guide for Elementary Grades K-2

Lesson Description:
This activity kit is designed for elementary grades k-2, and is appropriate for discussion of energy concepts at these grade levels. the concepts developed through the activities in this kit include:
  • energy classification (form, source, nonrenewable and renewable),
  • uses and limits of energy,
  • conversion of energy forms,
  • conservation of energy, and
  • future energy resources.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
Varies by activity
Standards Addressed:
This kit addresses guidelines of the colorado science standards with respect to standards 1, 2, and 5:
  • 1.0 students understand the processes of scientific investigation, and design, conduct, communicate about, and evaluate such investigations.
  • 2.0 physical science: students know and understand common properties, forms, and changes in matter and energy. (focus: physics and chemistry)
  • 2.2 students know that energy appears in different forms, and can move (betransferred) and change (be transformed).
  • 2.3 students understand that interactions can produce changes in a system, although the total "quantities of matter and energy remain unchanged.
  • 5.0 students know and understand interrelationships among science, technology, and human activity and how they can affect the world.

Materials Needed:
  • Materials vary by activity. some materials include scissors, glue, markers, hole punch, string.

School or Group:
Energy Education and Workforce Development
Contact Email:
Taken from the Energy Education and Workforce Development Website (
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf lesson299.pdf

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