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Melting the Ice: Energy Transfer
Learners compare and contrast the different types of heat transfer. In this earth science lesson, students draw and label the energy transfer that takes place in sea ice. They make ice cream in the lab and explain how salt and ice work together to freeze the mixture.
Melting the Ice: Energy Transfer
Learners study thermal energy and energy transfer to sea ice processes. In this energy transfer lesson, students make their own ice cream and discuss energy transfer and thermal energy. Learners view a radiation overhead and its role in sea ice growth. Students watch a demonstration using water, saltwater, and ice cubes. Learners complete a worksheet about melting the ice.
Introduction to Energy Transfer
Students demonstrate an understanding of thermal conductivity. In this energy transfer lesson, students investigate conduction, conductivity, and radiation. They determine how the transfer of energy is related to various forms of Alaskan dwellings.
Unit VII Energy: WS 3a Energy Transfer and Storage
Here is a nifty worksheet on energy transfer. Physics fanatics analyze a diagram and state whether or not friction is involved. They sketch bar graphs and draw energy flow diagrams for each system as well. Circular motion, movement up and down inclined planes, spring motion, and gravitational pull are all presented. This makes a practical homework assignment.
Bubble in the Hot Tub
Students participate in a Science and Technology unit designed to introduce the particle theory through drama, demonstrations, and hands-on investigations. They assume the role of engineers and design and build a hot tub for their community pool. Project is divided into subtasks in order to integrate necessary information for culminating task.
Power Conversion Circuits
In this electrical worksheet, students draw a schematic design and build a circuit board to grasp the understanding of power conversion circuits before answering a series of 30 open-ended questions including analyzing schematics. This worksheet is printable and there are on-line answers to the questions.
Typical Conceptual Questions for Physics I - Heat
This worksheet would make a nifty quiz on the laws of thermodynamics. Nine multiple choice questions assess high schoolers' understanding of energy transfer, specific heat capacity, phase change, fusion, and vaporization. It is short but saavy.
In this energy transfer learning exercise, students answer 17 questions about energy, kinds of energy and forces that do work. They calculate power of forces and work done on objects.
Energy Transfer Review Crossword
In this energy transfer crossword puzzle worksheet, middle schoolers use the 8 clues to help them correctly complete the word puzzle.
Conservation of Energy
Fifth graders identify situations in which kinetic and potential energy are exchanged and identify the direction of energy transfer using marbles and flexible foam track. They observe how the marbles move spontaneously when released from a height and that they will not move if set on a flat surface.
Oil Floats, Right?
Students examine the properties in oil in water. In this mixture lesson, students read about the Lophelia II 2010: Cold Seeps and Deep Reef Expedition and look at images of deep sea ecosystems. They experiment or participate in demonstrations of how water behaves in water. They draw conclusions from the information on the student recording sheet.
Living with the Heat
Young oceanographers study the Submarine Ring of Fire, which is a series of deep-water volcanic vents that come up from the ocean floor. Learners take a close look at the unique ecosystems that are associated with these areas, how these volcanoes are formed, and the effects they have on the ocean life around them. This incredibly thorough plan has many terrific websites that kids access to further their learning about the Submarine Ring of Fire.
In this physics worksheet, 12th graders calculate the power generated in AC circuits. They solve and write short answers to 47 questions about given circuits.
Y8 Energy Transfers and Magnetism (H)
In this science word search worksheet, students identify and locate words as they relate to energy transfer and magnetism. There are 17 words to locate in the puzzle and spell correctly.
Ouch! That Spoon is Hot!
Fifth graders study thermal energy and conduction. In this thermal energy lesson, 5th graders participate in a series of investigations to study thermal energy transfer and conduction. Students complete a data worksheet for the experiments and draw a diagram for each example from the investigation. Students write a journal entry about conduction.
Living With the Heat: The Ring of Fire
Young scholars investigate the planet Earth's infamous ring of fire and the life that thrives from it. In this ocean environment lesson, students investigate hydrothermal vents and how organisms thrive off their heat. Young scholars complete a hydrothermal worksheet and read online discussions on the matter.
Layering the Soil
Pupils study and classify soil. In this soil science lesson, students classify soil by texture and size and study soil horizons. Pupils label the soil types with their specific soil horizon and learn about permafrost. Students complete a soil horizons worksheet.
Students explain the role of convection currents in the movement of air. In this earth science lesson, students investigate convection by observing a boiling water in the lab. They describe how fluids move when they experience convection.
Students drop water from different heights to demonstrate the conversion of water's potential energy to kinetic energy. They see how varying the height from which water is dropped affects the splash size. In seeing how falling water can be used to do work, they also learn how this energy transformation figures into the engineering design and construction of hydroelectric power plants, dams and reservoirs.
Follow the Food Chain
Seventh graders investigate the content of owl pellets. In this biology lesson, 7th graders identify the organism remains found in these pellets. They draw a food chain based on evidence collected.