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 the properties of thermal energy.
3rd - 5th Technology & Engineering 17 Views 68 Downloads
Taking the Heat
Students measure the heat absorbed by different materials and learn why engineers need to know how different materials story thermal energy when designing buildings. In this heat capacity lesson plan, students use a thermometer to measure the heat of materials.
5th - 10th Science 8 Views 57 Downloads
Melting the Ice: Energy Transfer
Students 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. Students view a radiation overhead and its role in sea ice growth.
6th - 9th Science 17 Views 134 Downloads
We Are Scientists
Conduct an experiment on the absorption of thermal energy. Discuss simple water heating systems and how characteristics of the parts can be changed. Your pupils work in groups and change one variable to observe the effect it has on how water absorbs thermal energy.
5th Science 3 Views 29 Downloads
Ouch! That Spoon is Hot!
Fifth graders study thermal energy and conduction. In this thermal energy instructional activity, 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.
5th Science 3 Views 23 Downloads
Transfer of Thermal Energy
Students define temperature and heat, distinguish between temperature and heat flow, calculate amount of heat energy released or absorbed in chemical process, and design procedure, through experimentation, to gather and evaluate data to achieve desired end.
10th - 12th Science 17 Views 63 Downloads
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 radiation.
6th Science 31 Views 139 Downloads
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 energy, a pertinent exercise when studying thermal energy with your physical science or STEM class.
6th - 9th Science 7 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Trees as a Vehicle for Energy Transfer
Tenth graders investigate how energy is transferred from place to place. In this earth science lesson, 10th graders hypothesize which temperature data logger displays greater-than-mean temperature. They collect data over a period of 3 weeks and graph them to analyze the trend.
10th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
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 energy.
7th - 12th Science 27 Views 73 Downloads
What Is Energy? Short Demos
Students engage in three short, hands-on, in-class demos which expand students' understand of energy. First, using peanuts and heat, students see how the human body burns food to make energy. Then, they create paper snake mobiles to explore how heat energy can cause motion.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 17 Views 62 Downloads
Melting the Ice: Energy Transfer
Students 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.
6th - 8th Science 23 Views 89 Downloads
Steamship Portland: Where's the Energy?
Students examine how steamships operate. They describe the necessary energy conversions. They construct a model paddlewheel ship. They use rubber bands as examples of potential and kinetic energy as they unwind and set the models in motion.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 29 Downloads
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 includes directions for the lab investigation as well as talking points for a lecture.
4th - 6th Science 4 Views 5 Downloads