Thermal Energy Teacher Resources
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Make Your Own Temperature Scale
Differentiate between temperature and thermal energy. Your class will build a thermometer using simple materials and develop their own scale for measuring temperature. Discuss with your class and consider why engineers need to understand...
3rd - 5th Technology & Engineering
Nuts! Calculating Thermal Efficiency
Oh nuts! Do macadamias or almonds produce more thermal energy? Energy enthusiasts find out with this experiment. The objective is to demonstrate to your class how the chemical energy contained in foods can be converted into useable...
6th - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Heat and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
More than a week's worth of investigation is provided in this source. Physical science stars experiment to describe specific heat, conduction, convection, and radiation. They also discover the relationship between mechanical and thermal...
7th - 12th Science
Using Waste Heat to Generate Electricity
High school energy enthusiasts will be able to explain how thermal energy that is a byproduct of industry can be used as an alternative way to generate electricity. After some discussion, brainstorming, listening to podcasts, and...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Can Humans Really Feel Temperature?
Explore thermal energy with this short episode. Jiggling molecules and hand-drawn animation help to explain that just because something has a lot of thermal energy, it doesn't necessarily feel hot to the touch. This is an ideal addition...
3 mins 7th - 12th Science
Urban heat Islands: An Introduction to Energy Transfer and Transformation
Elementary school physical scientists explore kinetic mechanical energy by dropping a golf ball on different surfaces. They discuss how human made materials might react to light differently from nature made materials. This lesson plan...
4th - 6th Science
6th Grade Physical Science Thermal Energy:So hot in here!
Sixth graders discover heat is conducted in a variety of ways. In this physical science lesson, 6th graders investigate various conductors of heat, they explain their findings, and discover how energy is exchanged between objects through...