Students conduct an experiment involving the transfer of heat via convection.
- understand how temperature changes when heat energy is transferred from one object to another.
- conduct an experiment to prove a theory.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:
Students learn to:
- identify sources of heat energy and examine how temperature changes when heat energy is transferred from one object to another (AC9S3U03)
Relevant parts of Year 3 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 3, students identify sources of heat energy and examples of heat transfer and explain changes in the temperature of objects.
- Almost boiling water
- Food colouring
- Large glass jar or beaker
- Plastic wrap
- Rubber band
- Smaller cup or beaker (it needs to fit inside the larger jar)
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- critical thinking
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - support students in the theories, practical experimentation, and explaining and recording their observations.
This is an original Cool+ lesson.
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