• Objects and Temperature

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about temperature. The probe is designed to find out whether students recognize that non–heat-producing objects exposed to the same ambient conditions…

• Temperature and Photosynthesis

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The purpose of this lab is for students to apply their knowledge of photosynthesis and how to measure the chemical process, specifically, ”How Does Temperature Affect the Rate of Photosynthesis in Plants?” The Teacher…

• Exploring the Dynamics of Temperature

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Would your students like to take care of a penguin? To be a “penguinsitter,” they would have to know what conditions that bird needs to survive. One important factor would be temperature. In this activity, you will…

• Molecular Motion and Temperature

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In this activity, students will see how the rate of diffusion varies in cold, room temperature, and hot water.

• Understanding Temperature and Heat

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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…

• Boiling Time and Temperature

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the characteristic property of boiling point. The probe is used to find out whether students recognize that the temperature of a boiling liquid…

• Equilibrium Constant and Temperature

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The purpose of this lab is to give students an opportunity to apply what they know about chemical equilibrium to determine ”How Does a Change in Temperature Affect the Value of the Equilibrium Constant for an Exothermic…

• Temperature Changes Due to Evaporation

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The purpose of this lab is to introduce students to intermolecular forces. It gives students an opportunity to determine ”Which of the Available Substances Has the Strongest Intermolecular Forces? based on the…

• Pressure, Temperature, and Volume of Gases

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The purpose of this lab is to introduce students to the gas laws related to pressure, temperature, and volume of gases. It gives students an opportunity to develop a mathematical model that can be used to describe “How…

• Habitable Zone: How Distance and Temperature Are Related

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Earth is the only planet we know of in the solar system that supports life. In this activity, students will investigate the way distance from a light source affects temperature—one of the many reasons why Earth is “just…

• Lab 16: Surface Materials and Temperature Change

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In this lab investigation, students are introduced to the disciplinary core ideas of (a) Earth Materials and Systems and (b) Weather and Climate as they determine the relationship between the materials covering an area…

• Lab 17: Factors That Affect Global Temperature

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In this lab investigation, students are introduced to the disciplinary core idea of Weather and Climate as they determine how the temperature of Earth responds to changes in the amount of cloud cover and the…

• Learning the Temperature Dependency of Matter by Making Ice Cream

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• Teaching About Heat and Temperature Using an Investigative Demonstration

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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…

• “Melting” Apples: Using a Temperature Graph to Show Phase Changes in Applesauce

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Have you heard the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” This experiment allows students to study a phase change in a way that is accessible and edible. The experiment models a physical change from solid…