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  • Heat Reinvented

    Journal Article | August 2021

  • Understanding Temperature and Heat

    Book Chapter | October 2010

    Predict, Observe, Explain (POE) sequences provide an important way to enhance students' understanding of important scientific ideas. In this chapter, the series of experiments help students understand temperature and…

  • Understanding Heat Travel

    Book Chapter | October 2010

    Predict, Observe, Explain (POE) sequences provide an important way to enhance students' understanding of important scientific ideas. In this chapter, the series of experiments help students understand heat travel. The…

  • How Water Holds Heat

    Book Chapter | September 2011

    Earth’s surface is mostly covered by water. Areas not covered by water—the continents—are surrounded by water. If land and water had the same specific heat, we would expect the land and surrounding water to heat up and…

  • Heat Exchange in Air, Water, and Soil

    Book Chapter | May 2009

    The Earth is composed, at least at the surface, of soil/rock, water, and air. How do the heat exchange properties of these three very different substances compare, and what effect, if any, do they have on climate and…

  • Crystal Heat: Catalyzing Cognitive Construction

    Book Chapter | March 2010

    A small metal clicker/disk within a sealed pouch containing a clear, colorless liquid is clicked, and the liquid rapidly crystallizes into a solid mass and releases a large quantity of heat. If the solidified pouch is…

  • Convection: Transfer of Heat From Earth’s Interior

    Book Chapter | March 2011

    In this activity, students conduct experimental trials involving a drop of food coloring moved by convection in a pan of water to observe convection cells. Students record their observations on this model and relate…

  • How Much Heat is Released by a Seafloor Hydrothermal Vent?

    Book Chapter | November 2010

    In this Data Puzzle, students compare the amount of heat given off by a hydrothermal vent with the amount of heat needed to bring a kettle of water up to boiling temperature. Recognizing that the heat released from one…

  • That’s Hot! The Effect of Size on Rate of Heat Loss

    Book Chapter | April 2009

    Through the use of common household items such as aluminum pans and thermometers, students will investigate how the size and shape of an object affect the rate of heat loss from the object to the environment. This…

  • Teaching About Heat and Temperature Using an Investigative Demonstration

    Book Chapter | November 2019

    Chapters 6–13 share grades 3–5 model lessons for putting the “explore-before-explain” mind-set into practice. This chapter can be used as a starting point for eliciting elementary teachers’ views of the effective…

  • Berries and Bacteria: Measuring How Acids and Heat Impact Bacteria in Jam

    Book Chapter | April 2011

    Have you ever had a ripe apple, a juicy strawberry, or a succulent peach? Did the juices flow into your mouth with each bite as you devoured it? On the other hand, have you ever had a piece of fruit that was less than…

  • Strong Sugar Science: Developing an Experiment to Find the Relationship Among Heat, Sugar Structure, and Tensile Strength for Candy

    Book Chapter | April 2011

    This experiment uses the scientific method skills in a guided inquiry of sugar structure for different classes of candy. The lab is structured to help students use their problem-solving skills to create an experiment…

  • Science Sampler: To heat or not to heat

    Journal Article | February 2003

    As part of a lesson on heat transfer, middle school students design their own investigation of conduction, insulation, and convection.

  • Beat the Heat! An Investigation Into Heat Transfer, Cooling Capacities, and Dilution

    Journal Article | April 2017

    Explore claims that cold rocks can effectively chill a beverage without diluting it.

  • Science Sampler: Feel the heat

    Journal Article | November 2002

    This article features a simple game that can help students understand the nature of heat transfer through conduction.

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