What Melts in the Sun?
This summer was HOT!! There were even stories about eggs frying on a sidewalk. This makes you think….what ordinary items might melt in the sun?
Task: Ask your parent’s permission first!! Then, find a muffin tin and 12 ordinary household items that make you ask….”Does this melt in the sun?”
Write those items down on a piece of paper and then divide that paper into 2 columns: 1 column for predicting and the other column will be your results. It can look like this:
Choose a day where the temperature is at least 85 degrees. Put your muffin tin with the items in the full sun and wait at least 20 minutes.
I know it’s hard to wait 20 minutes, but you can do it!!! After the 20 minutes is up, go check on your results! Fill in the column with the results of your experiment.
Now, for the most important step: CLEAN UP AND PUT THINGS BACK!
Finally, take a picture of your paper with your predictions & results and email it to your EY teacher!
We can’t wait to see it!
Lesson adapted from: https://frugalfun4boys.com/simple-science-experiment-for-kids-what-melts-in-the-sun/
The twilight zone is a layer of water that stretches around the globe, just beyond the reach of sunlight and beyond the limit of photosynthesis in the ocean.
Watch this video about the amazing creatures that call the twilight zone home.
Choose 2 prompts below to show your thinking and learning after watching this video.
- You just bumped into a friend who wants to know what a hatchetfish is. Describe this creature to your friend using MANY details from the video.
- Do some research about the fangtooth mentioned in the video. Record what you learned in an interesting manner.
- The anglerfish has a bioluminescent lure. Do research to find 10 other animals that are bioluminescent.
- What is so unique about the dragonfish?
- Life in the twilight zone looks weird or even frightening to us, but these animals have evolved to survive, and even thrive, in conditions that we could never hope to endure. What are some of the ways twilight zone animals might think we look weird or even frightening?
Lesson adapeted from https://ed.ted.com/lessons/could-you-survive-the-real-twilight-zone-philip-renaud-and-kenneth-kostel#digdeeper
These little creatures have it all figured out. Learn more about how insects breathe without lungs.
Check out this Newsela article called “How Insects Breathe” to start building your background information about this topic.
Now watch this video.
This short article about ants will give you an idea about how oxygen circulates in insects and humans breathe differently.
Create a teaching page to share with your peers showing what you learned.
Take it further:
Compare and contrast humans and insect breathing processes
What is interesting about the way pill bugs breathe?
Below Zero Temperatures = Science Experiments!
When it is cold outside you can LEARN! Check out these Cold Weather Science Experiments and figure out if it’s real or a myth! Don’t forget to share your results!
- Freezing Soap Bubbles: Head outside with some bubble solution and blow some bubbles! NOTE: Try heating up the bubble solution in the microwave beforehand. You can make your own bubble solution with 2 cups of water, half a cup of dish soap, and 2 teaspoons sugar.
- Banana Hammer: Hang a banana outside for a few hours and it will freeze solid-solid enough for you to be able to hammer actual nails with it.
- Make An Ice Thrower: Fill a Super Soaker with boiling water and then shoot it out into the cold. When very hot water meets very cold air, the water vaporizes, turning it into ice crystals…essentially, homemade snow. Don’t have a Super Soaker, just use the pot you boiled the water in.
- Freeze-Fry An Egg: Don’t actually eat it, but leave a frying pan outside for about 15 minutes and then crack an egg into it. What happens?
- Instant Freeze Water – Bottle Slam
If none of these experiments catch your interest, a simple Google search for “Cold Weather Science” will display several options. Show what you have learned in an interesting manner.
They are mammals with a duck like bill and flippers and lay eggs!! Add glowing green fur to the list! Read this article published by Newsela to learn more.
Pick an activity to to keep learning:
Take the quiz after the article and check your work.
Locate each of the locations/cities/states/countries/schools mentioned in the article on a map.
What other animals have biofluorescence? Do research to find out. Create a list of 5.
Research scientific sketching. Create a scientific sketch of a platypus.
Artificial Intelligence: A machine is said to have artificial intelligence if it can interpret data, potentially learn from the data, and use that knowledge to adapt and achieve specific goals.
For this Mini Spark, have fun exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the following ways…