Materials List: Capturing the Sun's Warmth

Each group needs:

  • cardboard box (large enough to accommodate four cans with thermometers; ask students to bring from home)
  • 4 small metal cans (all about the same size; ask students to bring from home)
  • 4 non-mercury thermometers
  • paintbrush
  • 1 cup (~250 ml) sand
  • 1 cup (~250 ml) salt
  • 1 cup (~250 ml) water
  • 1 cup (~250 ml) shredded newspaper
  • Capturing the Sun's Warmth Worksheet, one per group

For the entire class to share:

  • black paint
  • newspaper (to put under the boxes while painting)
  • masking tape
  • marking pens
  • measuring cups (or jars with 1 cup [~250 ml] level marked; ask students to bring jars from home)
  • 1-2 extra non-mercury thermometers
  • chopsticks or plastic utensils for stirring
  • sunglasses and other appropriate sun protection
  • several potholders or gloves

Reuse/recycling/disposal note: Recycle the cans and shredded paper. Collect and reuse the salt and sand. Throw away newspaper with paint on it.