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Here Comes the Sun
Lesson Objective
This activity will have students predict, measure and record temperatures.
Background Information for Teacher
Student Prior Knowledge
Three yellow poster boards
Pocket Temperatures
Strip thermometers
Construction paper (red, black, white, blue)
Glue stick
Large Pringles
Black construction paper
Aluminum foil
Wire hanger
Bricks or blocks of wood
Hot dogs
Hot dog buns and condiments
Song: “Here Comes the Sun”, Beatles

Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Begin the lesson by playing the Beatles song, “Here Comes the Sun”.
Introduce the unit by having the student brainstorm as many words or phrases that have the word sun in them. (e.g., sunbeam,
Sunday, sundae, suntan, sunburn, sunscreen, Sun Chips, sunlight, sunstroke, Sun Bear, etc.)
Have three paper suns cut out of yellow paper.
The three suns will be the KWL chart. In the first sun write down all of the things the student knows about the sun. In the second sun
write down what the student wants to learn. At the end of the unit write down what the student learned in the third sun. Hang the suns
in the room and add to them as needed.
Next, pass out construction paper, scissors, glue, and rulers to make temperature pockets.
Instruct the student to measure two 6” x 6” inch squares of each color. Glue three sides together to form a pocket.
Review how to read a thermometer.
The student will place strip thermometers inside the pockets and place all four pockets outside in the sun for the first part of the
The student will predict what they think the temperatures will be for each color of pocket.
Check the pockets periodically for morning temperatures and for afternoon temperatures.
Record temperatures. *Variations may include placing the pockets in a shaded area and check for temperatures during the following

Journal the results and compare. Have the student journal the steps used to experiment with the pockets and thermometers. (Draw
pictures) Did the color of the paper make a difference in the heat recorded? Where was the pocket placed directly in the sun, in a
shaded area? Consider questions such as: Which color of paper do you think will heat up the most? And why the student thinks there
is a difference in the temperature.
Hot Dog Cooker
The student will need one large can that still has the lid on it. (example: a Pringles can)
Place a small nail hole in the middle of the lid and the bottom of the can.
Place the black construction paper around the outside of the can with scotch tape.
Straighten a wire hanger.
Place the hanger through the holes of the can with about four inches hanging from each end.
The cooker is now ready to be used the next day.
Place the hotdog on the straightened hanger and push the hotdog to the middle of the hanger, push the wire hanger through the
bottom of the can, place tin foil over the opening, and replace the cover of the can.
Outside (or in a window in the classroom) place the two ends of the cooker on the bricks/blocks of wood and cook.
Take one of the hotdogs out of the can to check temperature. Eat and enjoy.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete the lesson
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Ice Race (offline) activity
(this activity works best with multiple participants)
Break into partners and give each participant a plastic resealable bag and one ice cube. Then have the participants race each other to
see who can melt the ice cube first. Encourage the participants to be creative in the way they add heat to their ice cubes. Students may
use friction to help speed the melting, blow hot air on them, or put the bags in a sunny spot in the room. The first person whose ice
cubes melt should raise their hands. You may wish to use a stopwatch and take the opportunity to discuss elapsed time as a math