Do Different Colors Absorb Heat Better?

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Students test whether the color of a material affects how much heat it absorbs. They leave ice cubes placed in boxes made of colored paper (one box per color; white, yellow, red and black) in the sun, and predict in which colored box ice cubes melt first. They record the order and time required for the ice cubes to melt.

Performance Expectations

K-2-ETS1-1   Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

K-2-ETS1-3   Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.