The Power of the Sun

Students will read the article, "The Power of the Sun," define critical concepts, complete the Read 1, Speak 2, Write 3 activity, and practice summarizing a source.

By Mrs. Wooster
August 23, 2015
4th Grade Science

Writing Prompt

In the article, "The Power of the Sun," Kimberly Dumke discusses the importance of the sun and ways people use solar energy.

Describe three ways people use solar energy. Identify the challenges that occur when using solar power. Use evidence from the text to support your answer.  

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4th Grade Literacy Standards in Science

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly
Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
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