Lesson Plan

The Cold, Hard Truth

Things are really getting heated in the lab! Science scholars scope out the facts about heat energy transfer using a simple lab from the K20 Center. Groups collaborate to observe temperature changes between hot metal and water, then use their observations to explain how heat flows.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Set up enough demonstration stations so individuals can experience the heat energy flow between their hands and water
  • Take the learning further by having groups design their own versions of the experiment using different materials
Classroom Considerations
  • If your class is not ready to tackle the heat calculations, focus the experiment on describing the flow of heat energy instead
Pros
  • The engagement demonstration is simple yet impactful
  • A variety of resources and extensions allow you to tailor the lesson plan to your class' abilities
Cons
  • None
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