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Common Misconceptions about Heat and Insulation
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This article describes some common misconceptions that elementary students may have about ...

This article describes some common misconceptions that elementary students may have about energy, heat, and insulation. It also includes suggestions for formative assessment and teaching for conceptual change.

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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Lesson Plans
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
How is Coastal Temperature Influenced by the Great Lakes and the Ocean?
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In this two-part lesson, learners discover how large bodies of water can ...

In this two-part lesson, learners discover how large bodies of water can serve as a heat source or sink at different times and how proximity to water moderates climate along the coast. The activities' combination of laboratory investigation, map study, and graphing applies different learning styles and provides practice in important science processes.

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Education
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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Activities and Labs
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Science Foundation
NOAA National Sea Grant
Office of Naval Research
Roseanne W. Fortner
Victor J. Mayer
Ice Cream Shake
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In this tasty activity, learners make their own ice cream any day ...

In this tasty activity, learners make their own ice cream any day of the year in an exploration of heat and cold. Highlights include freezing and melting and the transition from liquid to solid. And at the end, you can eat the experiment! Try using this activity for an Ice Cream Day science celebration.

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Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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PBS
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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PBS Learning Media
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Arby's
Greendog
National Science Foundation
Public television viewers
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
WGBH
Make Your Own Temperature Scale
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Students learn about the difference between temperature and thermal energy. They build ...

Students learn about the difference between temperature and thermal energy. They build a thermometer using simple materials and develop their own scale for measuring temperature. They compare their thermometer to a commercial thermometer, and get a sense for why engineers need to understand the properties of thermal energy.

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jeff Lyng
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
SciGirls Doghouse Design
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This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry ...

This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into absorption and reflection of radiant energy. In order to build a house that keeps a dog as cool possible in the heat, learners set up an experiment to find out if paint color effects temperature. Learners will paint shoe boxes with different colors. Then, they set thermometers inside to take initial readings and measure how the temperature of each box changes after 20 minutes under a heat lamp, comparing the sets of readings in a simple bar graph when theyäóťre done. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Doghouse Design

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Solar Power
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Students learn about solar energy and how to calculate the amount of ...

Students learn about solar energy and how to calculate the amount of solar energy available at a given location and time of day on Earth. The importance of determining incoming solar energy for solar devices is discussed.

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Engineering
Electronic Technology
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Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Marissa H. Forbes
Odessa Gomez
Think Scientifically: The Sun and The Water Cycle
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Learners will read or listen to a story about two sisters, Marisol ...

Learners will read or listen to a story about two sisters, Marisol and Sofia, as they explore the Sun's role in the water cycle. Additionally, numerous extension resources are included in the accompanying educator guide, such as suggestions for no-cost language arts activities, links to further science activities, a book walk cue chart to guide classroom discussion before, during, and after the story, a graphic organizer, and alignments to the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength