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.

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  1. Imagine you have been playing outside in the Sun. How do you feel when you walk into the shade of a tree or a building? Why do you feel this way?
    [anno: Answers may vary but could include that when the student walks into the shade, the student feels cooler. The student feels cooler because the tree or building is blocking some of the heat energy of the Sun.]
  2. Why is the Sun's heat energy important?
    [anno: Answers may vary but could include that the Sun's heat energy makes things warm during the day. Students may also mention that it makes certain seasons, such as spring and summer, warmer.]
  3. Describe how the Sun's energy can change something.
    [anno: Answers will vary but could include that the Sun's energy can change a lake or an ocean by causing the water to evaporate. The Sun's energy can also melt ice and snow.]