Activity Introduction

snappy-science-heroQuick summary: In this experiment students will wrap one glass of water in white paper and another in black paper, place them in the sun and see which one records the highest temperature over a set period of time.

mod logoThese Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!

Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Australian Curriculum content description: This activity is relevant to Science Inquiry Skills across all primary year levels of the Australian Curriculum.

Year 3 Science

  • Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049)

Year 5 Science

  • Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080)

Syllabus OutcomesST2-6PW, ST3-6PW

Time required: 10 minute to explain and set up experiment, 10 minutes to record results after several hours.

Resources required: 2 water glasses, water, white paper, black paper, 2 rubber bands, thermometer.

Safety advice: None.

Keywords: Black paper, white paper, water, temperature, thermometer.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

snappy-science-heroBrief summary:

In this experiment students will wrap one glass of water in white paper and another in black paper, place them in the sun and see which one records the highest temperature over a set period of time.

Students can use the Predict, Observe, Explain table on the Student Worksheet to describe and reflect upon this experiment.

You will need:

  • 2 water glasses
  • Water
  • White paper
  • Black paper
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Thermometer

What to do:

Step 1. Cover the edges of one glass with white paper and the other glass with black paper, and secure both pieces of paper with a rubber band.

Step 2. Fill the glasses with the same amount of water in each and place the glasses in the sun for a couple of hours.

Step 3. After a couple of hours, measure the temperatures of the water in both glasses with your thermometer. The glass of water with the black paper should be hotter than the other glass of water.

How does it work?

The sun emits energy in the form of electromagnetic waves. We se

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Student Worksheet

In this experiment you will wrapping glass of paper in black paper and another in white paper and placing both of them in the sun.

Predict

Explain what you think will happen:

Observe

Explain what happened:

Explain

Explain why you think this happened:

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