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Seventh graders construct a lunch box that maintains functional temperature zones and does not allow heat transfer between the zones. They examine the transfer of heat, the capacity of certain materials to hold heat, and how the properties of heat can be applied to natural and human-made environments.
If your school has a photovoltaic system and you have access to its temperature data, then this is an outstanding lesson in energy efficiency. Environmentalists consider four days' worth of data and use critical thinking to apply data to various situations including heat pollution and industry, wildlife, and agriculture. Extensions, background information, and internet resources are provided to equip you to guide your physical science surveyors through this exercise.
Students investigate the effect of temperature on cold-blooded animals, using a 5 x 8 inch index card to represent a dinosaur as their model organism. Students measure temperature changes that occurs at different angles to a light source and apply the importance of maintaining an appropriate body temperature.
In this differential heating experiment, young scholars conduct an experiment using the scientific method, analytic measurement, and experimental design and setup of soil and water. Then they graph their results and write a report that includes their methods, results, and discussion of what occurred.
Here's a great selection of slides for a class being introduced to heat transfer. Types of materials that are good conductors or insulators are covered and the diagrams that accompany the information should make understanding more likely. There is a useful list of vocabulary that might help in note taking and summary testing.