Methods of Heat Transfer, States of Matter and Phase Changes Learning Activities

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This zip file is a comprehensive file (35 pages of student materials alone) which can be used in a physical science course to construct a complete unit on Heating and Phase Changes. These materials are suitable for grades 5-8 as well as some upper level science classes. It contains a PowerPoint as well as the associated cloze notes. Two worksheets, two lab activities, a student practice test and a quiz for the unit are also included. I have elaborated upon these in the following paragraphs.

The PowerPoint addresses the three major methods of heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation), phases of matter, the phase change diagram and an introduction to phase change calculations involving specific heat, heat of fusion, and heat of vaporization. This 30 slide PowerPoint can be used to complete the 10 page cloze note packet associated with the PowerPoint.

The Marzano learning goals for this Heating and Phase Changes packet are also included.

The zip file also contains two worksheets with associated answer keys. The first worksheet is four pages in length (12 multiple choice and short answer questions) and focuses on methods on heat transfer and an introduction to phases of matter. The second worksheet is 8 pages in length. It contains 30 multiple choice, short answer and graphing questions and focuses on phases of matter and phase changes.

A two page student practice test with answer key containing 21 questions of various formats with answers are also included. These may be given to students for additional practice or used for sources of testing materials for the teacher.

A two page quiz with answer key suitable for an end of unit quiz is also included in this package.

Additionally, this zip file contains three different laboratory activities which can be used to teach or reinforce heating and phase change concepts. The specific activities and their descriptions are as follows:

1. Convection Lab Activity: This activity uses simple materials (tea bags or potassium permanganate may be used) along with a source of heat such as a bunsen burner to demonstrate convection in fluids to students. Students are asked to make a drawing of the results. The activity closes with six questions assessing the student learning in reference to this activity. An answer key to this two page lab activity is included for the questions.

2. Heat Transfer Bar Conduction Lab: This activity requires more specialized materials such as thermometers, aluminum heat transfer bars and styrofoam cup calorimeters. This classic activity introduces students to concepts such as conservation of energy, efficiency of heat transfer and conduction. An answer key to the questions is included with this three page activity.

3. Phase change lab

Students take a beaker containing a mixture of water and ice and heat it to boiling for four minutes. Students measure the temperatures of this water each minute during this experiment and use this data to construct their own phase change diagram. The students will then answer questions requiring them to process and interpret this data. This investigation requires only a heat source, beaker, water and ice and a thermometer which can be suspended in the liquid using a ring stand or other apparatus. An answer key to the questions is included with this four page activity.

Word documents are provided when possible for easy edit as well as pdf and PowerPoint files.

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Many more physical science materials including this unit of learning activities are available at a significant savings of over 30% if purchased as a package for $13.99 (over 380 pages of different learning materials and 450 PowerPoint slides) ... this package includes the following units:

If the contents of this complete course were purchased as individual zip files for each unit, it would cost more than $25 for these materials.

This Middle Level science course contains the following units:

-- Scientific Method, Density, Physical and Chemical Properties Learning Activities
-- Mixtures, Compounds, Solutions and Atomic Structure Learning Activities
-- Methods of Heat Transfer, States of Matter and Phase Changes Learning Activities
-- Chemical Reactions, Reaction Rates and Compound Families Learning Activities
-- Periodic Table and Bonding Learning Activities
-- Motion (Speed, Velocity and Acceleration) Learning Activities
-- Nature of Forces Lesson Activities (Friction, Newton's Laws and Gravitation)
-- Forces in Fluids / Work, Power and Simple Machines Learning Activities
-- Energy and its Transformations (including kinetic and potential energy)
-- Electricity, Circuits and Magnetism Learning Packet
-- Sound, Light and Electromagnetic Waves Learning Packet

View the contents of the whole year course in more detail at

Physical Science Complete Course
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Methods of Heat Transfer, States of Matter and Phase Chang
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