Lessons about the Sun and Earth's Climate


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Concepts underlying the first of the Essential Principles of the Climate Sciences are aligned with topics typically taught in the elementary grades. This article identifies lessons that will help elementary students develop an understanding of how Sun's light warms Earth and how variations in daylight hours are associated with seasonal change. This article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle.

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    Grade: TK/K to 6

    Topics: Professional Development, Weather, Climate & Atmosphere, Our Solar System, Experimentation and the Scientific Method, Current Science, Earth's Resources, Education, Child Development & Family Services, States of Matter (solids, liquids, gases), Inquiry & Problem Based Learning, Nature & Method of Science, Earth & Space Science, Physics, Science, Measurement, Tools, and Data Analysis, Heat & Thermodynamics, Instructional Strategies, Curriculum Design, Light, Sound & Other Waves

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