Heat and Temperature: Is There a Difference?
Learners investigate, develop inferences, and differentiate between the concepts of heat and temperature. The inquiry is done using a hypothesis and the lesson is done like a lab experiment.
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Save the Penguins: An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
Heat things up in your physical science class with this interactive lesson series on thermodynamics. Through a series of class demonstrations and experiments, young scientists learn how heat is transferred through conduction, convention,...
3rd - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Does Temperature Affect Dissolving?
When making sweet tea, why do people dissolve the sugar in hot tea instead of cold tea? The class discusses the previous lab and builds upon it. Working in groups, they design an experiment to determine how temperature affects the...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed
Oceans as a Heat Reservoir
Oceans absorb half of the carbon dioxide and 80 percent of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Scholars learn how and why the oceans store heat more effectively than land and how they help mitigate global warming. Pupils...
7th - 11th Science CCSS: Adaptable
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
New Review Investigating Temperature Changes on Evaporating Liquids—Microscale Chemistry
Is there more to evaporation than just less liquid? Show young scientists the energy transformation that occurs during a phase change through a series of simple experiments. Lab partners place drops of water, ethanol, and ethoxyethane on...
6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
What Happens When You Get Heat Stroke? sun stroke, homeostasis, body temperature
Exertional heat stroke is one of the three leading causes of death in sports, but with the help of this video young athletes will be able to avoid this life-threatening condition. Offering clear explanations of how the body dissipates...
4 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Using Vegetation, Precipitation, and Surface Temperature to Study Climate Zones
Using NASA's Live Access Server, earth scientists compare the temperature, precipitation, and normalized difference vegetation index for four different locations. They use the data to identify the climate zone of each location using...
6th - 12th Science
Cloudy Climate Change: How Clouds Affect Earth's Temperature
While clouds may not make for the most enjoyable weather, they play an important role when it comes to regulating the temperature of the earth. Watch this video and learn how these giant masses of water droplets actually help to cool the...
7 mins 7th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable