Heat Transfer: The Great Ice Melt
Heat transfer is the exchange of energy through physical systems, and it is occurring all the time. It makes cooking, weather, and life on Earth possible. In fact, how energy is transferred and conserved can create life or death situations.
In this collaborative global project, students explore how heat is transferred between objects, how this transfer changes matter, and why it is so important to our lives. Students learn through a hands-on experiment allowing them to explore different conductors and insulators through melting ice.
Build Background Knowledge
Use the strategies and resources below to prepare for your discussions and data collection.
- Discuss with students the role conductors and insulators play in the process of heat transfer. Ask students to share specific examples of ways conductors and insulators help protect and keep them comfortable in their homes.
- Use the SOS: Whittle It Down (Canadian Subscribers) with the segment Solid to Liquid Phase Change (Canadian Subscribers) to have students create a summary statement that captures the most significant concepts behind phase changes.
- Preview the clip Heat Transmission: Conduction, Convection, and Radiation (Canadian Subscribers) and develop three true statements and one false statement using the SOS: 3 Truths, 1 Lie (Canadian Subscribers). Before sharing the video with students, display your statements and have students predict which statement is not true. Then, play the segment for students to determine the truth.
- Have access to Discovery Education Science Techbook? Use the Core Interactive Text Heat Transfer (Canadian Subscribers) with the strategy 25 Things You Didn’t Know (Canadian Subscribers) and have students create a list of facts learned about ways heat is transferred.
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