Harnessing Solar Energy

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • make statements on how we use solar energy
  • identify the way that Maui harnessed solar energy
  • identify how solar energy is harnessed in our school
  • complete a PMI evaluation of the positive and negative effects on people and nature from increasing daylight hours.

Teaching Rationales

This activity uses the legend of Maui and the Sun to explore the importance of solar energy in our lives and how we can use technologies to harness solar energy at school.

Learning Areas, Strands, Achievement Objectives

1 - 2 Science

Nature Of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will extend their experiences and personal explanations of the natural world through exploration, play, asking questions, and discussing simple models.

Communicating in science

  • Students will build their language and develop their understandings of the many ways the natural world can be represented.

Participating and contributing

  • Students will explore and act on issues and questions that link their science learning to their daily living.

Planet Earth and Beyond
Earth systems

  • Students will explore and describe natural features and resources.

Astronomical systems

  • Students will share ideas and observations about the Sun and the Moon and their physical effects on the heat and light available to Earth.

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will explore everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as movement, forces, electricity and magnetism, light, sound, waves, and heat.
  • Students will seek and describe simple patterns in physical phenomena.
2 English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Ideas

  • Students will show some understanding of ideas within, across, and beyond texts.

Activity-specific Achievement Objectives

1 - 2 Science

Nature Of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will extend their experiences and personal explanations of sunlight and photovoltaic cells through exploration, asking questions and discussing simple models.

Communicating in science

  • Students will build their language and develop their understandings of the many ways seasonal variations in the amount of daylight can be represented.

Participating and contributing

  • Students will explore issues and questions that link their science learning to their daily lives.

Planet Earth and Beyond
Earth systems

  • Students will explore a natural resource - sunlight.

Astronomical systems

  • Students will share ideas and observations about the Sun and its physical effects on the heat and light available to Earth.

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will explore everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as light and heat.
  • Students will seek and describe simple patterns in physical phenomena such as the impact of light on photovoltaic cells, and the daylight hours in summer and winter.
2 English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Ideas

  • Students will show some understanding of ideas within, across, and beyond texts.