By Donald M. Silver and Patricia J. Wynne
The sun is the only star in our solar system. Because the sun radiates energy in all directions into space, the Earth receives less than one-billionth of the energy the sun gives off! These linked sun and Earth mini-books explain how the sun’s energy affects weather on Earth!
These interactive mini-books features simple text and realistic art. Includes background information, easy how-tos, extension activities, and print and Web resources. A great way to introduce children to science and nonfiction!
Earth’s HeaterOn a sunny day, take the class outdoors early in the morning. Invite children to feel the soil, rocks, concrete in the schoolyard, and the wall of the school itself. Do they feel warm or cool? You may even have them record the temperature outside. Repeat the activity later in the afternoon. Ask: Do the objects feel warmer in the morning or in the afternoon? After rereading their books, challenge students to explain what is warming the objects and how those warmed objects affect the air that touches them!