Gifts of the Sun
The Sun is a marvelous star. It gives us heat and light. It causes our weather and seasons. The Sun gives us all the energy we need to live and grow on Earth.
The Sun evaporates water in streams and lakes and oceans to form clouds and bring rain.
When sunlight shines through raindrops, we see a beautiful rainbow.
In spring, the Sun warms our Earth and melts the snow and ice of winter.
The Sun's light makes plants grow. Green plants soak up energy from the Sun and turn it into food we can eat and flowers we can enjoy. When we eat fruits and vegetables, we soak up energy from the Sun, too!
Energy from the Sun can be used to warm our houses, heat our water, and produce electricity.
From millions of miles away, the Sun shines through the darkness to light up our world!
- Electricity is a kind of energy. It makes lamps light up. Electricity also makes refrigerators, computers, and many other things work.
- To change from a liquid to a gas.
- A space object that makes its own light.
- Name three reasons why the light from the Sun is important.
[anno: The light from the Sun is important because it helps people to see during the daytime. It also helps plants make food. People can use sunlight for energy.]
- Imagine that you lived on a planet that did not receive much sunlight. How would life be different? What would change? Write a sentence or two about how life would be different.
[anno: Answers will vary but could include that if there were less sunlight, fewer plants would grow, and there would be less food. People would have to find another way to make light so that they could see. Students may mention that it would be colder if there were less sunlight.]