Lesson Plan

Heating and Cooling of Land Forms

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Compare heating and cooling rates of different land forms. A lab activity has groups collect data on the rate of heating and cooling of soil, grass, saltwater, fresh water, and sand. An analysis of the rates shows how the different land forms handle heat.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Ask learners to research environmental implications of heating and cooling rates
  • Add reflection questions to the data collection sheet
Classroom Considerations
  • Lab requires several materials and time for set up 
  • Provides detailed instructions on how to set up the lab and activity procedures
  • Includes a handout for data collection
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