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Weather Watching    Mystery 5

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In this Mystery, students experiment with ways to bring light and warmth to a cold place where the sun doesn’t shine throughout the winter.

How could you warm up a frozen playground?

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Have`you`ever`seen
anything`melt`in
the`sun?

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DISCUSS:

How could you bring the sun’s light and heat to this town? You can’t move the sun, but is there a way to move the sunshine?

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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the assessment, reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity and exploration you just completed.
  • End of Mystery Assessment : Open-ended drawing prompt
  • Readings: Three informational books about sunlight, temperature, and staying cool in the summer.
  • Video: News footage from Rjukan, Norway.
  • Activities: Further investigations of the relationship between temperature and sunlight.
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Readings

These online books are free for educators registered on Epic!:

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Video

Show students a news report about the real town of Rjukan, Norway that inspired the activity for this lesson.

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Activities

With these activities, students can investigate how to make a hot place colder (the opposite of our Mystery!):

  • Cool Trees -- Measure the effect of shade trees on temperature in this activity from the Lawrence Hall of Science.
  • Melting Chocolate -- Observe how quickly chocolate melts in the sun and the shade from NOAA.
  • Black, White, or Silver? Investigate which color is heated most by sunlight in this activity from Origin Energy.
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