Monday, October 3, 2011

Solar Eclipse Experiment and Burning Chocolate!

We are continuing our Astronomy lessons using Apologia text and we are enjoying learning so much about our amazing solar system!  Last week we finished up our lessons on the sun and we learned more about a solar eclipse using a flashlight, an inflated globe and a Styrofoam ball.  We did this little experiment at night with the help of my husband.  I think our kids and their friend liked making shadow puppets while learning about the solar eclipse too!

A cute book that I read to my children about the solar eclipse is this one, Someone is Eating the Sun.  The main character, Hen, tells all her animal friends that the sky is getting darker because someone has taken a bite out of the sun.  This is a humorous story and my children enjoyed the animals' reactions to what they were experiencing, a solar eclipse.   
After it rained for a week straight not too long ago, we saw some sun peek out of the clouds so we raced outside to our driveway to use a magnifying glass to focus heat.  We took small refrigerated candy bars and a magnifying glass to concentrate the energy of the sun's light into a small spot.  My kids enjoyed seeing the chocolate actually melt and smoke while doing this experiment!  It was alot of fun and it is amazing that even though our sun is 93 million miles away from Earth, it is still very powerful!  Here are some pictures from this experiment:

Can you see a little bit of smoke coming off the chocolate in the above picture?  Cool, huh? :)

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Kylie said...

Looks like fun!! We have that book too :-)

Sharla said...

Great science! I hope I remember that eclipse one. It's a great way to explain it to them in a way that they will understand and remember.

Unknown said...

This is very cool, Tracy! Kind of a waste of chocolate, I did not just say that! lol

Thanks for sharing what you and your cupcakes are doing. Great ideas and projects for me to do with my son. You and Anna-Marie have made this subject so interesting for your children. Thanks again.

Have a wonderful day!

Such great ideas! And chocolate!

Cristi said...

What great experiments! My kids and I would love to do the chocolate one.

Thanks for hosting at NOBH. I'm now following your blog.

Neat experiments! We've used the sun to burn a hole in a leaf. It's pretty amazing!

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