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HEAT TRANSFER STATIONS – CONDUCTION, CONVECTION, RADIATION
Station 1 - Reading Non-Fiction Text
Students will read the selection and answer questions that go with it. I photocopy the two sheets front to back and they put it in their binder after they have discussed the answers as a group and then self-checked it with the answer key.
Station 2 - Interactive Notebook
This foldable on Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection and Radiation is perfect for interactive notebooks. There are definitions of each type of heat transfer, two pictures of each to act as a visual cue and some everyday, real life examples of each. It is a cut/paste activity.
Station 3 – Temperature Variation Lab
This activity allows students to visualize how the angle of the Sun’s rays affects the concentration of solar energy on different location on Earth. You can reinforce the math concept of area when the students find the area of the lighted figure made from a flashlight. I put the Background Information page and the Lab Procedure back to back in a sheet protector. I also put the graph paper in a separate sheet protector. Students can use a dry erase to trace the light figure and write down the area. If you want them to do it separately, they would each need their own graph paper. The question portion is completed after the activity. After the students have filled it in independently, they confer with their group and discuss. Then, they compare their answers to the answer key. Put in binder upon completion.
Station 4 – Heat Transfer Sort
Cut out the individual cards and mix up. Students sort into three piles: one for conduction, one for convection and one for radiation. After they have completed putting the cards into the proper group, they transfer that information onto the accompanying worksheet. Then they check their answers.
Station 5 – Technology Connection
Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy on Heat Transfer. I use Nexus Laptops or Chrombooks with headphones for this station. It is a nice, quiet break for the kids.
Station 6 – Math Connection
Students use their math skills to determine the mean, median, mode and range of the amount of letters in a list of words pertaining to heat transfer. Differentiation could occur here with the use of a calculator.