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Using Heat from the Sun

Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Using Heat from the Sun

This activity uses guided inquiry to build students’ awareness of the sun’s importance as the ultimate source of almost all energy on Earth. Students will conduct a discovery activity that allows them to observe how energy from sunlight can heat water. They will measure liquids, make observations, predictions and comparisons, and draw conclusions based on their investigation.


  • Some energy given off by the sun can be felt as heat. 
  • Heat from the sun can be used as a source of energy.

Student Worksheets

Student pages in the teacher’s guide are provided in English and in Spanish. 

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education