Conduction and Conductors Lab Stations Activity (NGSS 4-PS3-2 & MS-PS3-3)

Conduction and Conductors Lab Stations Activity (NGSS 4-PS3-2 & MS-PS3-3)
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 4-PS3-2 and MS-PS3-3. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standards. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Conduction and Conductors Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Observe the transfer of thermal energy through conduction.
2. Illustrate the direction of thermal energy transfer between objects with different temperatures.
3. Evaluate the ability of a material to transfer thermal energy.
4. Compare and contrast conductors and insulators.
5. Design, build and test a device that minimizes thermal energy transfer.

Science Skills Station
Students will study the conductivity of different materials at this station. Students will conduct a short investigation so to determine the best conductor of thermal energy transfer.

Narrative Station
Students will read a text about conduction, conductors and insulators. Students will also watch a video about conduction and conductors.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating conductors and insulators. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will design and build a device and that minimizes thermal energy transfer. The purpose of the device is to maintain the temperature of its contents. Specifically, the device should maintain the temperature of a sample of hot water.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to supplement NGSS MS-PS3-3. In the direct synthesis project, students will test their design from the problem-solving station. Students will make measurements to evaluate how well the device minimizes thermal energy transfer. Students will make suggestions as to how they could improve their design.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
1 Computer or tablet
1 Hotplate
Medium-sized heat-resistant container
Oven mitts or gloves
Tongs
Water
Small wooden spoon, plastic spoon and metal spoon
3 pieces (1/2 tbsp) of butter per group
Stopwatch
Thermometer
2 Graduated cylinder
Plastic cups (different sizes)
Styrofoam cups (different sizes)
Tissue paper
Tin foil
Saran wrap
Wax paper
Paper
Cotton balls
Tape

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 45% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
2 days
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