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Insulators and Conductors PowerPoint Presentation

Google Slides, PowerPoint | 17 pages|Grades: 4 - 5

With this lesson, students will be able to differentiate between insulators and conductors of thermal and electrical energy.

Is it hot in here?

Then we must be talking about conduction and insulation

This thermal and electrical energy presentation includes vocabulary words, discussion slides, and comprehension checkpoints that make it easy to assess your student’s understanding of the concepts while teaching the lesson. 

To make your science lesson as easy as “point and click”, this presentation is available in both PowerPoint and Google Slides formats. The lesson can be used for the whole group guided instruction or as independent study, whether you’re in the classroom or distance learning. Students can follow along through your smartboard, whiteboard, or their own device. 

How are Conductors and Insulators Different? Explore with This Lesson!

Students can use this presentation as a reference or guide when working on any activity or classwork that explores the properties of conductors and insulators. 

This teaching presentation was designed to introduce and discuss the concepts of:

  • Thermal Energy
  • Electrical Energy
  • Conduction and conductors
  • Insulation and insulators

By looking at examples of how energy is transferred, students will walk away from this lesson with the ability to differentiate between insulators and conductors of thermal and electrical energy.

Additional Exercises Teach Your Students How Conduction Works 

Take this presentation even further with more activities to solidify conduction and insulation comprehension.

Pre-Lesson Activity

Got a flipped classroom? Students can be assigned this presentation as independent reading, either at home or prior to starting the lesson together as a group. Ask students to provide examples of each of the vocabulary words to assess their understanding. 

Turn & Talk

Ask students to write questions on a sticky note as the resource is presented. Then put students into groups of 3 or 4 to help each other answer the questions on their sticky notes. Even if the answer was uncovered farther into the lesson, challenge students to address every sticky note question to ensure all group members comprehend the concepts.  

Be the Teacher

As a post-lesson activity, ask students what they would put on a quiz if they were the teacher. Have your students write their own 5-question quiz using the information in the presentation. Then direct them to trade papers with another student to take the quiz.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

This presentation can be shown through your smartboard or another projection device. 

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PowerPoint or Google Slides version of this resource. 

This resource was created by Colleen Burke, a teacher in New York and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

Turn up the heat on conduction and insulation with these additional activities: 


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