Thermal Energy - Hand's-on Ice Preservers Lab Activity

Grade Levels
5th - 7th, Homeschool
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28 pages
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Thermal Energy

Heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation.

Ice Preservers – An engaging, discovery science activity.

This is my store’s first foray into science (I taught 7th grade science for seven years).

Your students will absolutely LOVE this lab activity, covering

thermal dynamics: heat transfer, thermal equilibrium, conduction, convection, and radiation, etc.

They will engineer an “ice-preserving” chamber (small thermos) out of insulating materials of their choice, all in an effort to prolong the life of an ice cube. Challenging and FUN!!!

Included in this lab activity:


Engaging and interactive, 17-slide presentation covering:

Thermodynamic vocabulary

Examples of thermal equilibrium, conduction, convection, and radiation


Table of Contents

Teacher Activity Guide

Project Schedule

Conduction Demo with Discussion

Pre-Lab Questionnaire

Data Recording and Lab Instruction Sheet

Post-Lab Questionnaire

Suggested Grading Rubrics

Answer Keys

This is a GREAT partner activity, and shouldn’t cost a dime as students provide their own supplies.

See Table of Contents in the Preview for a list of some possible thermos-building materials that students can donate.

*PowerPoint may not be compatible with some Mac software.

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Have fun and thank you!

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Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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