Curriculum

How Can We Stay Cool In The Sun?

How Can We Stay Cool In The Sun?

How Can We Stay Cool in the Sun? is part of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, a new curriculum series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is aligned to a group of grade K standards. It has a focus on engineering design with a secondary focus on physical science. In this module, students:

  • Ask questions, perform research, and conduct an investigation to better understand the problem of a playground surface that is too hot to play on
  • Design and test model shade devices as solutions to the problem
  • Research, design, build, and compare portable shade devices as possible solutions to a new problem

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module.

Lesson 1: What’s the Problem?

Ada Asks Introduction
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Ada introduces students to the themes of the module and the problem they will solve throughout: A dark playground surface warms up in the Sun and children can’t play on it.

Lesson 3: Warmer or Cooler?

Which Is Warmer
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This file is used in the introduction to and summary discussion of the Warmer or Cooler card sort.

Lesson 4: Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot!

Hot Hot Hot
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This file is displayed throughout the lesson to provide discussion prompts and investigation guidance.

Lesson 6: Picking Parts

Materials Planning
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This file is used to provide guidelines for student shade device models and to scaffold student use of their planning notebook sheets.

Lesson 7: Design a Shade

Design and Build
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This file is used to provide structure to shade device model building time.

Lesson 8: Are You Keeping It Cool?

Testing Devices
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This file is used to scaffold student use of the shade evaluation activity sheet.

Lesson 9: You Can Take It With You

Ada Asks Design Challenge
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Ada introduces students to the design challenge. They will design and build a portable shade device.

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