Thermal Energy Teacher Resources
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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 CCSS: Adaptable
Melting the Ice: Energy Transfer
Students study thermal energy and energy transfer to sea ice processes. In this energy transfer activity, 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
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
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
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 to your middle school physical science curriculum when covering the different forms of energy.
3 mins 7th - 12th Science
Heat, Temperature, and Transfer
Physical science scholars discover an array of heat sources. They experiment to connect radiation to heat. They begin to understand thermal equilibrium. Then, they test to see if mass affects the rate of temperature change. Choose a few, or use all of the eight effective activities to provide practice using thermometers and hands-on learning about the nature of thermal energy.
6th - 12th Science
Gas Pressure, Volume, and Temperature
Physical science learners conduct a simple experiment using the heat of their hands to affect the fluid pressure. They place a balloon atop a freezing cold bottle and observe what occurs as it warms up. Both activities demonstrate how increasing temperature creates higher pressures.
7th - 12th Science
Energy and Temperature
General information about energy opens this slide show. The majority of it, however, focuses on thermal energy. A chemistry class can cover temperature scales and conversions by viewing this. Not only can it be used in a chemistry class, but also in any science course in which participants will need to measure and convert temperatures.
7th - 12th Science
Bill Nye The Science Guy on Heat
A difficult-to-grasp concept, the fact that even cold objects contain heat energy, is the focus of this hot little video clip! Bill Nye tells physical science learners that heat is, by definition, the motion of molecules. He compares the heat in a lighted match to the heat in a swan ice sculpture.
2 mins 5th - 10th Science
Study Jams! Heat
Raise the temperature in your class with this hot film! Cartoon teens discuss thermal energy, the conservation and transfer of energy, three methods of heat transfer, conductors, and insulators. The publisher effectively packed every basic heat concept into this engaging clip.
4th - 9th Science
Matter on the Move
Start this mini unit on matter out by demonstrating how food coloring behaves when placed in cold and in hot water. Then have the class experiment with warm water and soap film. Pupils will learn that an increase in thermal energy also means an increase in molecular motion.
3rd - 8th Science
STEMbite: Heat Transfer
Convection, conduction, and radiation are the three methods of heat transfer. Introduce them to your physical science students by showing this video. The emcee shows where each of these play a role in his kitchen and explains a bit about how they work.
2 mins 5th - 9th Science
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 English Language Arts
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
Transfer of Thermal Energy
Learners 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