The Heat is On Unit Plan

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The Heat is On Unit Plan

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6 x Lessons | This unit is suitable for Grade: 3

This Physical Sciences unit addresses the concept of heat energy, including heat sources, heat transfer, thermal conductors and thermal insulators.

It consists of 6 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

For more information on these educational resources, check out our blog The Heat is On! A Comprehensive Unit On Heat Energy.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Keeping Warm

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore prior knowledge and understanding of heat.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

What is Heat?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the concept of heat as a form of energy.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Sources of Heat

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify kinetic, electrical and chemical sources of heat energy.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Moving Heat

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the concept of heat transference.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Thermal Conductors - Feel the Heat

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate which materials are the best thermal conductors.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Thermal Insulators - Keeping Out the Heat

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate which materials are the best thermal insulators.

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Lesson 7 (Assessment) 60 minutes

The Heat is On

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An assessment task in which students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of heat energy and how it moves.

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