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        Sizzle Time! | PLUM LANDING

        Explore the “heat island effect”—a phenomenon in which cities and towns warm up more than their surroundings—in this media gallery from PLUM LANDING. This media gallery pairs a PLUM LANDING animation and a related hands-on activity to provide about one hour of programming. Start by having kids watch Cook an Egg!, a short animated video in which Gabi and Cooper investigate just how hot city surfaces can get. Then, head outdoors to measure hot spots in your neighborhood and investigate the impact of heat on animals with the hands-on activity City Heat Island. If time permits, wrap up your day by completing one or more of the “Explore Some More” activities.

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        Cook an Egg!

        Gabi and Cooper investigate whether you really can cook an egg on city pavement, and discover that different surfaces absorb heat from the sun in different ways.

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        City Heat Island

        Students compare how artificial and natural surfaces absorb sunlight; investigate relationships between sun, shade, temperature, and evaporation; and hunt for places where animals can beat the heat.

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