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Using Heat from the Sun

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

Where Does Heat Come From?

To focus student’s attention, ask, How do we get hot water into our homes? Does the water come pre-headed, or do we have to heat it? Lead a class discussion about different energy sources, such as electricity or gas, commonly used to heat water for homes. 

Follow by asking, What if we didn’t have any electricity or fuel to burn? Are there any other ways to heat water? Help students to understand the importance of the sun as a source of heat and other energy on Earth.

Ask, How can we find out if the sun provides energy to heat water? Tell students they will be conducting an investigation to answer this question.


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.

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