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Thermal Energy Activities and Heat Transfer Lab | Science Unit for Grade 3, 4, 5

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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  1. Four complete units offer dozens of hands-on activities and stations for exploring these forms: thermal energy, electricity, light and sound. Review, assessment, and video links are also included. These modules were specially created for teachers who embrace active learning. Third, fourth, or fifth
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This thermal energy unit features eight sets of hands-on science activities, a lab that explores transfer of heat, links to supplementary videos and websites, flash cards, review sheet, and assessment. Exploration can be completed by your third, fourth, or fifth grade students - or presented as demonstrations.

Concepts Explored:

  • What Is Thermal Energy?
  • How Does Heat Travel?
  • What Is Conduction?
  • What Is Convection?
  • What Is Radiation?
  • What Materials Insulate and Conduct?
  • What Are the States of Matter?
  • How Do We Measure It?

For a closer look at the components, open the preview. This unit was designed for students in grade 3, 4, or 5.

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Total Pages
38 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.


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