Individual Lessons 

The following list of lessons can be delivered on an individual basis or combined into a customized unit. Stand Alone Demos and Activities presented by Cuesta Sustainability staff. Topics include general energy science, renewable energy sources (sun, wind, water), magnets, climate science, waste reduction & resource conservation, and electricity.  

Grade Lesson/ Activity NGSS Topic In person Virtual
K-2 Light to Heat   Energy, Light Yes Yes
K-5 Radiometer Energy, Light Yes Yes
K-5 Solar Balloon 

Energy, Light, 

Forces and Interactions 

Yes Yes
K-6 Convection  Energy, Light, Earth Systems  Yes Yes
K-6 Solar Distiller Energy, Light, Earth Systems Yes  
K-6

Solar Oven

Energy, Light Yes  
K-2 UV beads Energy, Light Yes No

K-2

Nature Print Paper 

Energy, Light Yes No

K-2

Build a Windmill   Yes  

K-3

Weight Lifter Windmill   Yes Yes

K-6

Wind Turbine Testing   Yes Yes

K-3

Measuring Wind Speed   Yes Yes

K-6

Build Anemometer   Yes  

K-2

Water Wheels    Yes  

3-6

Hydro Turbine Testing    Yes Yes

3-6

Land Ice vs Sea Ice    Yes  

 

       

Ngss Mini Units

The following units are made up of 3-4 lessons that connect to specific Next Generation Science Standards for each grade. The units can be delivered fully outdoors and most can be modified for virtual instruction. There are 2-3 units per grade. 

Grade Level Mini Units to support NGSS. Each is a series of 3-4 lessons that incorporates both demonstrations and hands-on activities. The units can be entirely led by Cuesta Sustainability staff outdoors in person or via virtual platform. Some unit topics include: Weather, Energy, Waves, Forces and Motion, Human Impact, Biodiversity, and Earth Systems. There are 3 units per grade level to choose from that incorporate sustainability themes and engineering within the NGSS topics.  Click on the grade level to expand for the specific unit topics.