Grab this Sizzling Hot Science Experiment-Find Out What Melts in the Sun-KIDS WILL LOVE THIS


What will melt in the sun?  Kids will love doing this easy Science Experiment. You can grab things you may already have in your classroom or household. Grab a muffin tray or any kind of tray will do. Set out items that you want to experiment with and place them in the muffin tins or tray. Place the items out on a sunny day. Have your students make predictions and record their findings. You can also make note of the time you set the items out in the sun and the time you checked on your items. 

It has been scorching HOT these past few days. This extreme HEAT inspired me to write this post as I try to stay cool with the air conditioning. We are in the midst of a five-day heat wave. It should start to get cooler as some thunderstorms will be rolling on in to give us some much-needed relief. 

Here is a picture of what I put out on my deck this afternoon. This is just to give you an idea of what items you may want to try. 

Here are a couple of recording sheets that you may want to use to go along with this experiment. You can grab this activity here.

Here are a few more recording sheets that you may want to use. Differentiate to meet the needs of your students. Have students draw what changes they observed. 

I developed this activity with the Next Generation Science Standards in mind.

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

K-PS3-1.Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface. [Clarification Statement: Examples of Earth’s surface could include sand, soil, rocks, and water.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment of temperature is limited to relative measures such as warmer/cooler.]
K-PS3-2.Use tools and materials to design and build a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area.* [Clarification Statement: Examples of structures could include umbrellas, canopies, and tents that minimize the warming effect of the sun.]

Here is another great activity students can do to show off their creativity. You'll be quite surprised by the structures they create. I usually have my students work in small groups of four or five students to work on this project. We have a large variety of materials to choose from. They have a couple of days to think about it and work on it. They are allowed to bring in some materials from home if we do not have what they are looking for in the classroom. 

If you want to try this with your students, you can get this activity at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Click on the image to get this fun experiment. 

What Melts in the Sun?

Relax, Have some fun! Stay Cool! 

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