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Thermal Energy Movement PowerPoint Presentation

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PowerPoint | 27 pages | Grades: 6

Explore thermal energy, the movement of particles, and the effect on the state of matter with your students using this guided teaching presentation.

As your students dive deeper into science, they’ll start to focus more on the unseen forces that change the world around us. 

Like why an ice cream cone melts on a warm summer day. 

Or the way friction can make going down a slide hurt your skin. 

Or how water turns to ice under just the right conditions. 

And if you’re going to be discussing what happens when you apply heat to matter (or remove it), then you’re going to be talking about thermal energy

This thermal 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 guided science 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. 

Explore Thermal Energy in Motion!

Through this lesson, your students will walk away with the ability to describe changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

Students will examine and define the following vocabulary words as they apply to the forces behind thermal energy in motion:

  • Atoms
  • Molecules
  • Solid
  • Liquid
  • Gas
  • Energy
  • Kinetic Energy
  • Potential Energy
  • Thermal Energy
  • Solidify 
  • Melt 
  • Evaporate
  • Condense
  • Freeze

This presentation can be used as a reference or guide when working on any thermal energy activity or assignment. For example:

Get More Out of Our Thermal Energy Explanation

Take this presentation even further with more activities to solidify your students’ comprehension of thermal energy concepts. 

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 Gabriela Perez, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


Looking for a way to keep your students engaged throughout the presentation? Download the guided notes that go along with this PowerPoint. Simply click on the link below!

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Thermal Energy Movement Guided Notes

A set of guided notes to use when teaching about thermal energy movement..

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