Easily add hands-on sun and solar energy science experiments and STEM projects to your curriculum or summer program. Perfect for keeping students engaged and interested in learning during the end of the school year or the summer months.
This resource includes 10 engaging sun science experiments with coordinating recording pages, step by step directions with photos, as well as JPEG files of all the recording pages for easy technology integration.
The step by step directions with photos make for easy preparation and set-up.
You also receive step by step directions with photos on how to use the free apps Pic Collage (Pic EDU) and Seesaw to complete the coordinating pages as well as JPEG files for each page for easy technology integration. This teaches students how to use technology as a tool to record their results, make predictions, etc.
Includes the following sun science experiments (**Please note that additional materials are required and the experiments need to be done outdoors. This resource includes instructions and recording pages only. **):
• Sun versus Shade Experiment - This is a simple experiment that demonstrates the sun’s heat as well as the difference between sun and shade. It helps young children understand that the sun radiates heat and can makes things hot.
• What Absorbs More Heat? Experiment - This experiment answers the question – “What absorbs more heat, black or white?”
• Dry Up Experiment - This experiment helps students understand that the sun dries up water and introduces evaporation.
• Solar Oven Experiment - This experiment demonstrates solar energy and shows students how to trap the sun’s natural heat to make an oven.
• Sun Prints Experiment - This experiment demonstrates that the light from the sun can cause chemical changes.
• Why Do We Need Sunscreen? Experiment - This experiment helps students understand the importance of wearing sunscreen when outdoors.
• Light Box Experiment - This experiment demonstrates and introduces refraction of sunlight.
• Making Shadows Experiment - This experiment helps children understand what is needed to make a shadow and that the sun acts as a light source for shadows.
• Sundial Experiments - Paper Plate Sundial & Human Sundial - In both experiments students make their own sundials and learn about how sundials work, how the position of the sun affects shadows, and why the sun appears to move across the sky.
***Please see the preview file for sample photos from each experiment and pictures of the recording pages.***
What other educators are saying about this product:
"HIGHLY recommend for any sun unit you might be doing!" - Stacey L.
"The details for these experiments were so helpful! Everything was crystal clear and there were more experiments than I thought (probably because I didn't read but still- nice surprise!) I did the smores oven experiment with my students which was a big hit!" - Miranda F.
"my students loved these projects" - Kayla G.
"The students were very engaged in these projects and were able to complete the hands on activities with smiles on their faces. I taught a STEM camp for ages 6-8 and they were all able to fill out the worksheets and complete the activities at their own pace. Will be using for future camp weeks as well!" - Danielle B.
"This unit is perfect for distance learning. I was able to assign hands-on, easy, experiments that my students could do with simple household items. Thank you so much for your creativity!" - Jennifer T.
"Love that there is technology projects incorporated!" - Patricia T.
"This was great for my STEM camp!" - Kelly E.
"My summer school kids had so much fun with these" - Angela S.
"This is a great way to meet our science standards." - Kjersti J.
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