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Demonstrate that radiant energy from the Sun can heat objects and when the Sun is not present, heat may be lost.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 3
Body of Knowledge: Earth and Space Science
Idea: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Big Idea: Earth Structures - Humans continue to explore the composition and structure of the surface of Earth. External sources of energy have continuously altered the features of Earth by means of both constructive and destructive forces. All life, including human civilization, is dependent on Earth’s water and natural resources.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020040: Science - Grade Three (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7720040: Access Science Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.3.E.6.In.1: Identify that energy from the Sun heats objects.
SC.3.E.6.Su.1: Recognize that many things will get hot when left in the Sun.
SC.3.E.6.Pa.1: Distinguish between hot and cold objects.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Lesson Plans

Physical Science Unit: Water Beach Vacation Lesson 3 Changes to Water: Condensation, Melting & Evaporation:

Students learn water can change state of matter through the addition or removal of heat. Students will learn that water can condense, melt and evaporate.

This is a lesson in the Grade 3 Physical Science Unit on Water. This is a themed unit ofSaM-1's adventures while on a Beach Vacation.  To see all the lessons in the unit please visit https://www.cpalms.org/page818.aspx.

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Physical Science Unit: Properties Lesson 19 Sand Temperature Lab Investigation: Graphing Data for Evidence:

Students will create line graphs from the collected data on the temperature of shaded and non-shaded sand from the previous lesson. Students will use the data and graphs as evidence to make conclusions on if the shading had an impact on sand temperature. This lesson could also be taught using Math instructional time.

This is a lesson in the Grade 3 Physical Science Unit on Properties. This is a themed unit of SaM-1's adventures at the CPALMS Rehabilitation and Conservation Center.  To see all the lessons in the unit please visit https://www.cpalms.org/page818.aspx .

Type: Lesson Plan

Physical Science Unit: Properties Lesson 18 Sand Temperature Lab Investigation: Data Collection:

Students will set up the lab investigation that they planned in the previous lesson and collect data on the temperature of shaded and non-shaded sand. This lesson could also be taught using Math instructional time. 

This is a lesson in the Grade 3 Physical Science Unit on Properties. This is a themed unit of SaM-1's adventures at the CPALMS Rehabilitation and Conservation Center.  To see all the lessons in the unit please visit https://www.cpalms.org/page818.aspx .

Type: Lesson Plan

Marshmallow Mania:

After experiencing measuring objects to the nearest one-fourth inch, students are given diagrams of the results from using different colors of paper to cook marshmallows in a solar oven. Students measure diagrams' lengths to the nearest quarter inch and record the data on a line plot. Next students determine which color showed evidence of the melted marshmallows' lengths closest to the ideal 2begin mathsize 10px style 1 half end styleinches and use this information to make a proposal to a fictional company for the best color to use in their solar ovens for s'more making.

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Our Super Star:

Our star, the Sun, is an ordinary star. It is not particularly special compared to other stars in the universe; however, it is crucially important to us. As the massive energy source at the center of our solar system, the Sun is responsible for Earth's climate, weather, and life. In this lesson, students use observations, activities, and videos to learn basic facts about the Sun. Students also model the mechanics of day and night and use solar energy to make a tasty treat.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorials

Our Most Important Star - Part 2:

Discover how radiant energy from the Sun can heat objects and how heat may be lost when the Sun is not present.

This interactive tutorial is part 2 of 2. Click to open Part 1.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Our Most Important Star - Part 1:

Discover how radiant energy from the Sun is the light and heat that lights and warms the Earth.

This interactive tutorial is part 1 of 2. Click to open Part 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Unit/Lesson Sequence

Don't Marry the Mole! (Sun as an Energy Source):

Students conduct a series of activities to better understand solar energy and the broader concept of the sun as an energy source. Some of the activities include: observing how heat energy blows up a balloon, launching a solar air balloon, and making a solar oven.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

Original Student Tutorials Science - Grades K-8

Our Most Important Star - Part 1:

Discover how radiant energy from the Sun is the light and heat that lights and warms the Earth.

This interactive tutorial is part 1 of 2. Click to open Part 2.

Our Most Important Star - Part 2:

Discover how radiant energy from the Sun can heat objects and how heat may be lost when the Sun is not present.

This interactive tutorial is part 2 of 2. Click to open Part 1.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorials

Our Most Important Star - Part 2:

Discover how radiant energy from the Sun can heat objects and how heat may be lost when the Sun is not present.

This interactive tutorial is part 2 of 2. Click to open Part 1.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Our Most Important Star - Part 1:

Discover how radiant energy from the Sun is the light and heat that lights and warms the Earth.

This interactive tutorial is part 1 of 2. Click to open Part 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Unit/Lesson Sequence

Don't Marry the Mole! (Sun as an Energy Source):

Students conduct a series of activities to better understand solar energy and the broader concept of the sun as an energy source. Some of the activities include: observing how heat energy blows up a balloon, launching a solar air balloon, and making a solar oven.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence