Engaging and hands-on, but uses very uncomplicated supplies! You need balloons and cold water - that's it! Use this quick activity to teach about thermal expansion and particle motion. The activity paper instructs students to change the temperature of a balloon and measure the contraction or expansion that results. We often use this as a station with this Bimetallic Strip Activity
and our Clicking Coins Activity
Teaching particle motion? Check out our Make a Model: Hand Boiler Activity
Teaching heat? We highly recommend this Insulator Design and Build Challenge
take home project!
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Highlights from Our Heat Resources:
Particle Motion Worksheet
Insulator and Conductor Cut Outs
Convection in a Lava Lamp
Hands-On Convection in Gases Activity
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Density and Convection Reading
Particle Motion and Phase Change Quiz