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In the Classroom

The curricular materials created for the School Power...Naturally program include 64 lessons that meet learning standards for New York State students in grades 5 through 12. Many of the lessons use the Performance DataLink opens in new window-close new window to return to this page. from the 50 participating schools that have PV systems and data monitoring equipment.

Virtual Array Tour Lessons

The first four School Power…Naturally lessons are most appropriate for the 50 schools with PV systems and data monitoring equipment that were installed through the School Power…Naturally program. Though anyone may view the performance data, these schools have a different graphical interface from the one available to all. These introductory Virtual Array Tour lessons are designed to help teachers and students at those schools familiarize themselves with the PV system and the data it generates. It is preparation for the Level II and Level III lessons that follow. Students and teachers at schools without equipment may proceed directly to Level II and Level III lessons.

Lesson Levels II and III

The next 45 lessons are listed by levels:

  • Level II: Lessons 1-22, grades 5-8
  • Level III: Lessons 23-45, grades 9-12

Within levels, the focus is on New York State’s Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology. For Science, the standards include the components: Physical Setting and Living Environment. Additional components for Levels II and III include:

  • Level II - Interdisciplinary or General Energy component for subject areas other than Science
  • Level III - Living Environment's Environmental Considerations

Note: Level II Earth Science course may use Level III lessons 32-37. Level III lessons may be used for Level II lessons 1, 2, and 6.

When individual lessons are examined through the Extensions section, connections to other disciplines other than Science may be apparent.

Solar Kit Lessons

The last 15 lessons are Solar Kit Lessons and are meant to be used with small PV demonstration kits that provide hands-on classroom instruction. The kit assembly instructions are simple enough to order components and assemble setups. Listed in order of grade-level appropriateness from Level I to Level III, they match the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology. The Solar Kit Lessons help teachers assist students as they inquire into the following topics:

  • The motion of the Sun across the sky
  • How light interacts with objects
  • The movement of light through the atmosphere
  • How solar panels are constructed and how they work
  • The effect of clouds on solar power
  • Solar electric power system design
  • The conversion of radiant energy into electrical, mechanical, and chemical energy
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Storing energy
  • Concepts of work, power, energy, and efficiency 

Lesson Review Forms

To help us determine if improvements are required, teacher feedback is strongly encouraged. Please advise us on how specific curricular activities work, or help us find new ways to use the data generated. There are two forms available to teachers to assist them in classroom instruction. They are:

  • A review form for lessons used within the classroom.
  • A review form for lessons read but not used.
Last Updated: 06/19/2014