eesmarts™ Lessons

eesmarts lessons are fully aligned with the Connecticut Science Frameworks including the science curriculum standards and state assessment expectations for grades PreK through Grade 9.

Each eesmarts lesson features materials for students, hands-on activities, detailed teacher guidebooks, extensions and evaluation tools. The lessons are flexible and interdisciplinary and the program fits seamlessly into any class curriculum. For specific lesson materials information, please visit the links to the right.

eesmarts™ Energy Efficiency Lessons: Adventures in Solar Energy - Grades 9-12

The Adventures in Solar Energy program is about two types of solar energy: solar thermal energy (heat), and solar photovoltaic energy (electricity). The curriculum is designed to instruct students about the sun and earth, how solar energy technologies work, how they compare to other sources of heat and electrical energy, and how they can be used. Students will explore concepts and technologies that will help them decide if they want to use solar energy in their future home or consider a "green career" in the field of solar energy.

Program Organization

Adventures in Solar Energy has and introduction and four chapters: solar motion, solar thermal, photovoltaic electricity, and societal/economic issues. With the exception of Chapter Three, any chapter may be used independently of the others and lessons may be used independently. Covering a complete chapter will enhance the depth of learning.

The lessons contain narrative information, explorations, and worksheets. Everything is structured in a way to help differentiate among student abilities. High performing students can conduct inquiry explorations with minimal direction or supervision. The program provides additional tools designed to help guide all students through the lessons so they can inquire/discover at their pace, leading to learning successes.

The program is tightly linked to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Climate Literacy Essential Principles. Its pedagogical approach is based on discovery and inquiry. Links can be made to the Common Core Standards through the program's suggestions for deepening student understanding of the topics and lessons through reading and writing.

Chapter Next Generation Science Standards Climate Literacy Essential Principles
Introduction HS.ESS-CC: g
HS.ESS-HS: g
 
Exploring the Relationship between the Sun and Earth HS.PS-E:b
HS.ETS-ED:b
HS.HTS-ETSS: a
EP1-c
EP2-c
EAP-b,c,f
Collecting and Using Solar Thermal Energy HS.ESS-CC:f
HS.ESS-HS:b,g
HS.PS-E:b,d,h
HS.PS-FE:c
HS.ETS-ED: b,d,e
HS.HTS-ETSS:a
 
Solar Photovoltaics: Sunlight to Electricity HS.ESS-CC:f
HS.ESS-HS:b,g
HS.PS-E:b,h
HS.PS-FE:c
HS.PS-ER:e
HS.ETS-ED: b
HS.HTS-ETSS:a
 
Putting Solar Energy to Work HS.ESS-CC:a,f,g
HS.ESS-HS:b,g
HS.ETS-ED: c,f
HS.HTS-ETSS:b,c,d
EP2-c,
EP6-a,b,c
EAP-b,c,f