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How Strong Is
Mr. Sun?


Gather two of each of the following objects:

  • plastic spoon
  • metal spoon
  • ball of clay
  • bowl of water
Ask children what might happen if an object is placed in the sunlight or in the shade. Place one item from each pair in direct sunlight and the other in complete shade. Return to the classroom and create a chart with two columns -- one labeled Sun, the other labeled Shade. List the item names down the left side. Discuss and record student predictions about how those items will feel after spending an hour in the sun and an hour in the shade. After the items sit for an hour, return and have students feel them. Let students describe how each object feels and record the results. Compare student predictions with the results. Ask Which item feels hottest? Coolest? Softest? Explain why.


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