Heat & Energy Incursion (Levels 3 & 4)

Theme: Science – Physical Sciences
Level: 3 & 4

Students will explore different ways to produce heat and investigate how heat can move from one object to another. They will predict and measure the effects of heat.

Activities

  • Discuss sources of heat.
  • Use thermometers to measure the insulating ability of different materials.
  • Discuss how heat affects living things.
  • Investigate the temperature requirements of yeast.
  • Observe the nature of heat as moving energy using food colour in water and balloons.
  • Investigate how heat can move from one object to another by conduction.
  • Observe heat movement (convection currents) in water and air.
  • Measure the effect of the sun’s radiant heat on different materials.
  • Observe a demonstration of chemicals increasing heat and conduct experiments where chemicals decrease heat.

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Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

Science

  • Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another; a change in the temperature of an object is related to the gain or loss of heat by the object (VCSSU063)
  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (VCSSU059)
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (VCSIS065)
  • Suggest ways to plan and conduct investigations to find answers to questions including consideration of the elements of fair tests (VCSIS066)
  • Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies (VCSIS067)
  • Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS068)
  • Use a range of methods including tables and column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (VCSIS069)
  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (VCSIS070)
  • Reflect on an investigation, including whether a test was fair or not (VCSIS071)
  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings to show patterns and relationships using formal and informal scientific language (VCSIS072)

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