Identify different insulators and conductors of thermal and electrical energy with this worksheet.
What are Insulators and Conductors?
Are your students learning about insulators and conductors in your science class? Your students may be wondering how to distinguish insulators from conductors. An insulator is a material that does not allow heat or electricity to pass through it. On the other hand, a conductor is a material that allows electricity or heat to pass through it.
The goal of this worksheet is for students to differentiate between electrical and thermal insulators as well as electrical and thermal insulators. Students will look at a variety of pictures and circle the items that fit each category.
An answer key is included with your download to make grading fast and easy!
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:
- Guided science groups
- Lesson warm-up
- Lesson wrap-up
- Fast finishers
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class review (via smartboard)
For students who need a bit of a challenge, encourage them to list additional items that fit in each category (thermal insulator, electrical conductor, etc.).
Support students who need additional help by using the editable version of the resource and deleting some of the answer choices. Additionally, give students access to previous lessons, assignments, and anchor charts as a means of support.
🖨️ Easily Download & Print
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource.
Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.
To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided.
Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.
Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.
This resource was created by Lauren Blankenship, a teacher in Florida and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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With this lesson, students will be able to differentiate between insulators and conductors of thermal and electrical energy.