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Properties to classify matter

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Other instructional materials or notes: 
  • Two white pieces of paper for Formative Assessment section (per student)
  • Opening activity observation sheet (can be taped into notebook when complete)
  • 1 bag of ice cubes per class
  • Aluminum foil folded up along the sides to it is tall enough to hold several ice cubes
  • 1 Styrofoam cup (all the same size) per group. (12 oz. or larger)
  • 1 plastic cup per group (12 oz. or larger, should be same size as Styrofoam cups)
  • Paper/paper-wax cups (12 oz. or larger, should be same size as Styrofoam cups if possible)
  • Thermometer
  • Keep It In or Out (for activity)
  • Website for 1:1 or whole class: * You (instructor) will need to register ahead of time using manual registration. Registration is free. http://bpes.bp.com/primary-resources/science/ages-7-to-9/materials/thermal-conductors-and-insulators-online-experiment/#article48357
  • To get there manually go to: http://bpes.bp.com/ . Click on “Primary Resources”: Science: 7-9: Materials: Thermal Conductors and Insulators online experiment.
    • The top one is an animation review of insulators and conductors (approximately 1 minute)
    • The next one is an interactive about conductors and insulators.  As a teacher, to view them, click on “launch” for each.
  • To give students access, click on “share with students”. You will be given a code for each.  Students will go to http://bpes.bp.com/ and click on “student code” which is at the top of the page. They then enter the code. 

Eye Wonder: So, You Want to Be a Firefighter!

Less than 1 hour
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

This lesson focuses on insulators and conductors in order to demonstrate the transfer of heat and cold. The lesson makes connections to the profession of a Firefighter so students understand how STEM skills connect to real world situations.  Students will examine various materials to determine which best keep hot or cold in and which transfer the hot or cold the most efficiently.
The teacher will use the Eye Wonder: Firefighter video to encourage students to focus on specific sections and use a variety of disciplinary literacy strategies to answer questions

Essential Question: 

How do some objects stay cool while others get hot when heat is applied near them?

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