1st Edition

How the Sun Makes Our Day An Earth and Space Science Unit for High-Ability Learners in Grades K-1

    166 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    How the Sun Makes Our Day, an Earth and space science unit for grades K-1, engages students in investigations and observations about the sun as a source of light and energy, the nature of shadows, man-made sources of energy, and the need for humans to conserve natural resources.

    How the Sun Makes Our Day was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary to offer advanced curriculum supported by years of research. The Center's materials have received national recognition from the United States Department of Education and the National Association for Gifted Children, and they are widely used both nationally and internationally.

    Each of the books in this series offers curriculum that focuses on advanced content and higher level processes. The science units contain simulations of real-world problems, and students experience the work of real science by using data-handling skills, analyzing information, and evaluating results. The mathematics units provide sophisticated ideas and concepts, challenging extensions, higher order thinking skills, and opportunities for student exploration based on interest. These materials are a must for any teacher seeking to challenge and engage learners and increase achievement.

    Grades K-1

    Part I: Unit OverviewIntroduction to the Clarion Units Teacher’s Guide to Content Unit Glossary Teaching Resources Part II: Lesson PlansLesson Plans Overview of Lessons PreassessmentLesson 1: What Is a Scientist? Lesson 2: What Is Change? Lesson 3: What Scientists Do—Observe, Question, Learn More Lesson 4: What Is a Shadow? Lesson 5: What Scientists Do—Experiment, Create Meaning, Tell Others Lesson 6: Shed a Little Light on Me Lesson 7: The Difference in Day and Night Lesson 8: Me and My Shadow Lesson 9: Watching Shadows Grow Lesson 10: Temperatures in Sun and Shade Lesson 11: The Greenhouse Effect Lesson 12: It’s Getting Hot Down Here! Lesson 13: Shining With Shadows Postassessment Appendix A: Concept Paper on Change Appendix B: Teaching Models Appendix C: Basic Concepts in Early Childhood Appendix D: Materials List References Next Generation Science Standards Alignment


    The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. The center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Located in Williamsburg, VA, the center has established a national reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center.

    How the Sun Makes Our Day is quite the resource for those tasked with teaching this aspect of science to very young learners, a top pick for elementary education collections.,Midwest Book Review, 11/1/10