Eating Sunshine in the Garden

Description

This video shows examples of how solar energy is captured and used at Hidden Villa Farm. Students will see models to describe that energy in animalsÍ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.

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Lesson

 

Printable Materials

Eating Sunshine in the Garden (PDF)

Discussion

What's the most abundant season for harvesting plants?

What does Garth mean by eating sunshine?

What is photosynthesis?

How does photosynthesis help plants grow?

Name 3 ways we can capture the sun's energy?

Standard

5-PS3-1

Students who demonstrate understanding can: Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun. 

Science and Engineering Practices Developing and Using Models 

Modeling in 3–5 builds on K–2 experiences and progresses to building and revising simple models and using models to represent events and design solutions. Use models to describe phenomena.

Disciplinary Core Ideas PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life 

The energy released [from] food was once energy from the sun that was captured by plants in the chemical process that forms plant matter (from air and water). 

Crosscutting Concepts Energy and Matter

Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects.