Understanding Light

Earth Sun
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Learning Goal(s):

Students will conduct simple experiments to learn what kind of materials absorb heat from the sun, what kind of materials reflect light from the sun and what color of materials do not get hot in the sun. This lesson gives students experience in beginning to learn about why certain materials and colors are used in solar ovens.

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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
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Students will observe and articulate their observations of the way that different materials reflect and absorb sunlight, transforming it into heat to varying degrees.

Other Material(s) Used:
A sunny day • A sunny wall • Black or dark-colored cloth • White or light colored cloth • One or more items that are: • Transparent -- clear plastic bag, glass, etc. • Metallic shiny -- metal pot, mirror, etc. • Black metal