Unit Overview

In Now You're Cooking: Designing Solar Ovens, students learn how engineers use their knowledge of energy transfer to design solutions for using energy without harming the environment. The unit begins with the storybook Lerato Cooks Up a Plan, in which a girl named Lerato living in Botswana explores the field of Green Engineering in order to build a solar oven to cook food for her family. Students explore product life cycles and the environmental impact of products. They then collect and analyze data to compare how different materials perform as thermal insulators and conductors. Like Lerato, students then follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to imagine, plan, create, and improve the thermal insulation for their own solar ovens.

Core Program Unit Components

We recommend one Educator Guide per teacher, one Storybook per student, and one Materials Kit per 30 learners. Together, these components create a high-quality, hands-on STEM learning experience.  

Educator Guide Print + Digital
Storybook
Materials Kit
 
 

 

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Grouped product items
Product Name Qty
Designing Solar Ovens Educator Guide Print + Digital
$69.00
Lerato Cooks Up a Plan Storybook
$5.00
Designing Solar Ovens Materials Kit
$339.00
Designing Solar Ovens Refill Kit
$129.00

Program Components

Educator Guide includes Print + Digital Access

Print + Digital:

  • Printed copy of the Educator Guide containing instructions to facilitate the unit
  • One (1) copy of the printed accompanying Storybook 
  • Digital access to the Educator Guide via yes.mos.org/curricula
  • Digital PDF of the Storybook 

Additional Program Components  

  • Storybook
    • Available in print and digital for individual purchase to accommodate any class size
  • Materials Kit
    • Includes materials to support 30 learners
  • Refill Kit
    • Replenishes the consumable items from the Materials Kit 

 

Ten Resources for Diverse Learners

As a set of high-impact resources, the Resources for Diverse Learners are designed to help remove distractions and decrease literacy demands so that all students can succeed in engineering and problem solving. They contain built-in vocabulary support, suggestions for objects to create context and background, multiple points of entry for different learning styles, and multiple ways for learners to express understanding meet the needs of today’s diverse classroom.

Resource for Diverse Learners Included in the Teacher Guide Packaged with the Teacher Guide Included in Digital Unit
Student Discussion Support * * *
Teacher Discussion Support * * *
English Learner Strategies * * *
Differentiation Duplication Masters * * *
Flip book StorybookEnglish and Spanish1   * *
Character Cards1   * *
Visual Vocabulary Cards1   * *
Illustrated Engineering Design Poster - English   8.5x11in. included
 (available for sale in 20x30 in.)
*
Illustrated Engineering Design Poster - Spanish   8.5x11in. included
 (available for sale in 20x30 in.)
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Materials Reference Sheet1   * *
Alternative Lesson Progression     *

1 Spanish version available in the Digital Unit only.

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