Thermostat - Particle Motion Thermal Expansion Activity (middle) NGSS MS-PS1-4

Thermostat - Particle Motion Thermal Expansion Activity (middle) NGSS MS-PS1-4
Thermostat - Particle Motion Thermal Expansion Activity (middle) NGSS MS-PS1-4
Thermostat - Particle Motion Thermal Expansion Activity (middle) NGSS MS-PS1-4
Thermostat - Particle Motion Thermal Expansion Activity (middle) NGSS MS-PS1-4
Thermostat - Particle Motion Thermal Expansion Activity (middle) NGSS MS-PS1-4
Thermostat - Particle Motion Thermal Expansion Activity (middle) NGSS MS-PS1-4
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Simple but effective! Use this quick activity to teach about thermal expansion and particle motion using a BIMETALLIC STRIP.

Do you have a bimetallic strip in your classroom? If not - try one, they're really cool and only 10 bucks on Amazon! This worksheet has a quick reading about how thermostats work (thermal expansion) and then gives student instructions on how to use the bimetallic strip. (They will use a candle as a heat source.) Students then draw a before and after and explain how the activity demonstrates thermal expansion. This is a quick activity, so we often use this as a station with this Easy Hands-On Thermal Expansion Activity with Balloons and our Clicking Coins Activity. This activity sheet is a HALF PAGE, so you make half the copies and cut in half.

Teaching particle motion? Check out our Make a Model: Hand Boiler Activity.

Teaching heat?
We highly recommend this Insulator/Conductor Lab and this STEM Insulator Device Design Challenge Project!

And check out our best-selling Heat Quiz and our popular Heat Test.

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