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ERIC Number: ED480661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Do Different Colors Absorb Heat Better? Grades PreK-2.
Rushton, Erik; Ryan, Emily; Swift, Charles
In this activity, students test whether the color of a material affects how much heat it absorbs. An ice cube is placed in a box made of colored paper (one box per color; white, yellow, red, and black) which is then placed in the sun. Students predict which color will melt the ice cube first and record the order and time required for the ice cubes to melt. This activity can be done independently or in conjunction with both a math and/or science lesson. A discussion and journal-writing period can follow. For a more challenging activity, a discussion about solar energy can be included. This activity is designed uses a time frame of 60 minutes. (Author/SOE)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tufts Univ., Medford, MA.
Note: Produced by the Office for Technology and Industry Collaboration. For other activities in this series, see SE 068 011-041.