Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Heat Transfer, and supports the standard of making observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by heat. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: 

  • Why do you think hot things, like food, cool down?
  • If you held a mug with a hot drink inside, what would you feel? Why do you think this is so?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Heat Transfer topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Gadgets” or “Famous Faces”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about heat transfer while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a commercial promoting a thermos. In your commercial, answer this question: How does the thermos keep drinks hot?
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map defining the three types of heat transfer and give an example of each.
  • Creative Coding: Code a newscast about today’s outside temperature, explaining how it will change throughout the day and night.

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete the States of Matter: Basics Simulation to demonstrate what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Heat Transfer Quiz.

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Energy Unit: Continue to build understanding around energy forms with more BrainPOP topics.

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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