Heat Energy

In the Heat Energy module, students explore this type of energy that can be felt. Students use their hands to build friction and make heat energy. In the Larry in his Laboratory activity, students learn about conduction and radiation with an animated host and live-video examples.

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This Elaborate session allows students to practice and apply new terminology related to heat energy. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on the content vocabulary addressed throughout the module. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces literacy skills.

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This Elaborate session promotes the use of formal definitions and explanations in a format not traditionally used in science instruction. In this session, students view an animated literature piece and use their digital Notebook to record their ideas. Students also participate in a teacher-led discussion that emphasizes the science content. To complete the session, students participate in offline activities that reinforce the connection between science, literature, and the arts.

Heat Energy
Heat Energy module
At a Glance

Heat Energy

Heat energy is energy that can be felt. Heat energy can be natural, like the heat we get from the sun, or manmade. In this module students explore the properties and characteristics of heat energy, its uses, and various sources of manmade and natural heat.

Core Concept

Heat energy is energy that can be felt and moves from hot to cold by conduction and radiation.

Essential Vocabulary

heat energy, conduction, conductor, contact, degree, insulator, radiate, radiation, temperature, thermometer, transfer, wave

Science4Us provides the essentials that teachers need to confidently and effectively lead a classroom in any science lesson. This demo shows:

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They test their new knowledge with focused questions, and have the opportunity to add what they have learned to their digital notebooks. Students also learn to collect data on heat energy by using thermometers in hands-on classroom activities.

Want to take the online material further? That’s where professional development comes in. Make use of the printable teacher guides both before, with prior knowledge questions, and after, with follow-up discussion questions and engaging hands-on activities.

Get ready for lessons with additional professional development. Teacher lessons include extra information to help you highlight important concepts. You’ll find ideas to help students make vocabulary connections, content extensions to help you teach with confidence and common misconceptions to help students avoid. Did you know that a common misconception is that cold things have no heat energy? In fact, all matter has measurable heat energy because all matter is made up of moving particles.