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This is a lesson plan for grades 3-5 that introduces the concept of heat and thermal energy.  It is designed as a teacher-led discussion to explore temperature, heat capacity, convection, conduction, and radiation.  It includes background information for teachers, vocabulary sheets, and links to two related hands-on classroom activities.

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Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
= Heat Transfer
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Temperature
= Thermal Expansion
- Elementary School
- Instructional Material
= Best practice
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energy, experiential learning, heat capacity, heat energy, temperature, thermal energy, thermodynamics, thermometer
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August 13, 2007

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Heat and Temperature
Unit Title: Understanding Temperature and Heat for Teachers of the Early Grades

In this module for elementary grades, kids have fun learning about thermometers, temperature conversions, conduction, radiation, convection, and heat capacity.  Well-organized resource includes a teacher-led introduction, a hands-on class activity, and an inquiry-based lab.

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(Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_energy2_lesson06).
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Teach Engineering: How Hot Is It?, (Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, Boulder, 2005), <https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_energy2_lesson06>.
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Teach Engineering: How Hot Is It?. (2007, August 13). Retrieved December 16, 2018, from Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering: https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_energy2_lesson06
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Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering. Teach Engineering: How Hot Is It?. Boulder: Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, August 13, 2007. https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_energy2_lesson06 (accessed 16 December 2018).
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Teach Engineering: How Hot Is It?. Boulder: Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, 2005. 13 Aug. 2007. 16 Dec. 2018 <https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_energy2_lesson06>.
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