Misconceptions About Temperature

Do we actually feel temperature? Examine the relationship between what we feel and what is actually taking place in a video about temperature misconceptions. The narrator asks random passersby to feel different objects, then has them tell which one feels warmer or cooler. To conclude, he describes why aluminum objects feel cooler than plastic or paper based on thermal conductivity.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate the resource as a hook for day one of a temperature unit
  • Try the demonstrations in class and have pupils record their observations
Classroom Considerations

  • Provide reference for the Celsius temperature scale to the class, as many may be unsure how to relate Celsius temperatures to Fahrenheit
Pros

  • The video is a great tool for practicing making predictions and observations
  • Narrator provides clear explanation for the phenomena and backs them up with temperature data for the items he is testing
Cons

  • None