Objective: Children will perform an experiment with the Sun’s effects on a variety of materials and discuss sunny weather.‹ Return to Theme
Weather affects practically everything we do. The Sun and the moisture in the air are the two things that create all of our weather. Sunny weather days are days when there are very little or no clouds in the sky. We usually experience more sunny days in the summer when the days are warmer. This is the reason we enjoy spending more time outside in the summer. However, the Sun’s rays are very powerful and we need to protect our skin with sunscreen and our eyes with hats and sunglasses when we are out in the Sun.
The Sun is a source of energy. Light and heat from the Sun are forms of energy. Materials can absorb the energy and, as a result, some will melt and become a liquid. In our experiment, some of the materials melted and became a liquid, some materials softened a little bit, and some materials did not melt.
Materials placed in egg cartons may take longer to melt than those in metal muffin tins since the metal will absorb the heat from the Sun and speed up the melting process.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.