Investigate heat insulators with your students using this engaging science experiment.
Let’s Explore Heat Insulators
Heat passes through some materials quickly. These materials are called ‘thermal conductors’. Heat does not pass through other materials as easily. These materials are called ‘thermal insulators’. Thermal insulators are good at keeping hot things hot and cold things cold.
This Physical Sciences experiment allows students to investigate whether bubble wrap, paper towel or tin foil is the best heat insulator.
Students follow the scientific method to experiment, and they then complete the worksheets provided.
Heat Insulators Science Experiment
For this science experiment, you’ll need the following items:
- 3 x ice cubes
- 3 x snack-size sealable
- plastic bags
- 3 x small measuring
- cylinders (medicine cups
- Bubble wrap (cut to size)
- Paper towel (cut to size)
- Tin foil (cut to size)
This science experiment investigates whether bubble wrap, paper towel or tin foil is the best thermal insulator. Students will hypothesize which material will be the best insulator and test their theories.
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Use the dropdown menu to choose between the color version of black and white version of this resource. You may like to print the actual science experiment on cardstock so that this can be used each year you teach thermal energy to your students.
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