Heat Transfer

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Intended Grade Level(s):
Learning Goal(s):

Students will observe how some materials conduct heat and others insulate heat.

Lesson Number:
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Relevant Common Core Standard(s):

Students will observe that heat naturally spreads from warmer places to cooler places and that some materials spread (conduct) heat and others keep it from spreading (insulate).

Science Kit Material(s) Used:
Infrared Temperature Gun
Other Material(s) Used:
A sunny day • Solar cooker (or another heating source) to heat a liter (quart) of water • Four identical jars or containers with lids • Plastic bag • Crumpled newspaper or large cloth • Piece of heavy paper or a hand fan • Thermometer