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In this Read-Along Mystery, Keya needs to find a way to get from the swimming pool to the ice cream truck without burning her bare feet on the hot pavement: Can she do it?

How could you walk barefoot across hot pavement without burning your feet?

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Hi, my name is Keya.

One hot, sunny day, I went to the community pool.

My dad and little brother, Samar, were there, too.

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I was getting out of the pool when I heard music coming from far away.

Listen!

Do you know what that sound is?

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The ice cream truck was coming!

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“Ice cream!” Samar shouted. “Let’s go!”

He headed for the parking lot where the ice cream truck always stopped.

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Dad laughed. “I’d better catch him! Meet us at the ice cream truck.”

He ran after my little brother.

I started to follow them.

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That’s when I found out that I had a big problem.

I’d have to cross the parking lot to get to the ice cream truck…

And I wasn’t wearing any shoes!

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That morning, when we got to the pool, the sky was cloudy.

The parking lot and sidewalk were cool.

So I left my shoes in the car.

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But the sun had come out.

It had been shining on the parking lot for hours.

I needed my shoes!

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Stop & Talk

Why do you think Keya wanted her shoes?
Have you ever walked barefoot across a parking lot on a hot day?

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I thought about what it would feel like to walk barefoot by the pool.

The wet sidewalk would be cool.

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Parts of the sidewalk in the shade would be cool, too.

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But where the sun was shining on the sidewalk, it could get very hot!

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And where the sun was shining on the parking lot, it would get very hot, too!

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Walking barefoot on a hot parking lot would hurt!

I would have to walk like this: Ow ow ow ow ow.

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I wanted to get to the ice cream truck.

But I didn’t want to walk where it was hot.

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How could I get to the truck without hurting my feet?

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stop & talk Stop & Talk: How can Keya walk to the truck while keeping her feet cool?

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I looked around, and here’s what I saw…

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There was shade under each umbrella.

I knew the shade would be cool.

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The snack bar made a shadow.

That would be cool, too.

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People getting out of the pool have splashed cold water onto the cement.

Those puddles would be cool.

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The green grass was wet.

It would be cool under my feet.  

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Stop & Talk

Get a copy of the map showing Keya at the pool.
Work with a partner and mark where Keya should walk to get to the ice cream truck.
Remember: She wants to walk, not swim!

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I thought about it.

Here’s what I decided to do.

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I jumped from one patch of shade to the next.

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Then I splashed through the puddles and jumped into the snack bar’s shadow.

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Then I splashed through more puddles and ran across the grass to the truck.

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get up & move Get Up & Move: Let’s all run barefoot to the ice cream truck! Stand up and jump from the shade of the umbrellas to the shade of the snack bar.

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get up & move Get Up & Move: Splash through the puddles. Walk on the grass. We made it to the ice cream truck!

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I met Dad at the ice cream truck.

He looked at my feet and smiled.

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“I see why you took the long way to get here,” he said.

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“You earned a treat. What would you like?”

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Dad bought me my favorite ice cream bar.

Then he said, “Watch your brother for a minute. I’ll be right back.”

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Dad went to the car and got my shoes.

“Thanks, Dad!” I said.

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I put on my shoes.

I walked back to the pool.

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I sat in the cool shade under an umbrella and ate my ice cream.

It was great.

THE END

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Beginning Recommended Activity: Where Is It Hot? Where Is It Not?

Recommended Activity: Where Is It Hot? Where Is It Not?

This activity will help students link sunlight to warmer temperatures, and shade to cooler temperatures.

  • Hot Spots: Have students look at this photo and talk about what they might expect to feel in the sunny and shady areas of this playground. If they went there on a hot day, where would they go to cool off? If they went there on a cold day, where would they go to warm up? Why?
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Where Is It Hot? Where Is It Not?

For the Read-Along Mystery, you will not need any supplies. We suggest additional activities in the Extras at the end of this Mystery.

Beginning Activity Prep

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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Read-Along & Recommended Activity!

If you have more time, view the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.

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Activities

  • Where Is It Warmer?: Take a walk outside on a sunny day and challenge students to find the warmest and coldest spots they can. Encourage them to feel different kinds of surfaces—blacktop, brick, rocks, metal, soil, sand—in sun and in shade. Remind them that the sun is always moving, so the middle of a shadow will be cooler than its outer edges.

  • Help Keya get to the ice cream truck without burning her feet. You will need to print out a map handout for each student.

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