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Investigating How Heat Flows Lesson Overview

Students will conduct an investigation in which they will infer the flow of heat between two containers of hot and cold water.


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90 min
2-3 students/group
PTI Inquiry
1.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2, 5.3, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 5 min 3.1, 5.2 Computer/Internet Access/Projector 3 Students will watch a short video clip about a snowman in the summer. Students will make inferences about the flowing of heat.
Explore 40 min 1.3, 2.5, 3.2, 4.2, 4.3, 5.2, 7.3 Stopwatch or Timer 3 Students will work in groups of 2 or 3 to conduct an investigation exploring what happens when they place a container with hot water inside a container with cold water.
Explain 20 min 4.3, 5.2, 7.3 none 2 Through a series of guided questions the students will describe the flowing of heat.
Expand 15 min 5.2, 7.3 Computer Projector or ELMO 2 Students will describe the flowing of heat in different situations.
Evaluate 20 min 5.3, 7.3 none 3 Students will infer the direction of heat flow.

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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