Sun and Shade in the Schoolyard

Students will learn that the sun warms the Earth’s surface by conducting a scientific investigation and designing a model to find the ideal place for a lizard to warm up or cool down in their schoolyard. Using their sense of touch, students will investigate different surfaces of the Earth in the sun and shade to determine which are warm or cool. Students will then design a model home for a lizard.

About This Program

Grade Kindergarten
Type In your classroom
NGSS Performance Expectation K-PS3-1. Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
NGSS Performance Expectation K-PS3-2. Use tools and materials provided to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
Cost $60 for first presentation; $30 for additional, same-day presentations (additional travel charges may apply for schools outside Las Cruces, NM)
Time 1 hour