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Temperature Comparisons

Temperature Comparisons

TEKS Objective

Classify matter by physical properties, including shape, relative mass, relative temperature, texture, flexibility, and whether material is a solid or liquid.

Essential Understanding

The student knows that matter has physical properties and those properties determine how it is described, classified, changed, and used.

Science Background

Thermal Energy Physics: (website) - Explains the physical science of thermal energy and relates it to heat, absolute zero, temperature scale and more.

Thermal Energy Physics

Signature Lesson

Melting Chocolate: Science Kids (website) - Students attempt to melt chocolate in different conditions.  Different kinds of chocolates can be used to determine if they melt at the same temperature.

Melting Chocolate
Science Kids,

Supporting Lessons

Canned Heat: National Weather Service (website) - Students conduct an investigation to test and compare the heat absorption properties of dark and light-colored coffee cans.

Canned Heat
National Weather Service,

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

When Hot is Not: The Franklin Institute (PDF) - Compare the temperature of warm and cold water using your hands.  The activity begins on the second page.

When Hot is Not
The Franklin Institute,

Introducing Temperature Measurement: NASA (website) - Students measure and record temperature

Introducing Temperature Measurement

Assessment Ideas

The Mitten Problem: Power Sleuth (PDF) - This activity uses a familiar experience to promote student understanding of heat and heat sources.

The Mitten Problem
Power Sleuth,

Interactive Thermometer: (website) - Students rank different items identified by the interactive thermometer, from coldest to hottest.

Interactive Thermometer

Literature Connections

Temperature: Heating Up and Cooling Down. Stille, D. (ISBN-13: 978-1404803459)

All About Temperature. Auch, A. (ISBN-13: 978-1429666084)

Related Science TEKS

(2.1A) Science Safety
The student is expected to identify and demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately.

(2.1B) Importance of Safe Practices
The student is expected to describe the importance of safe practices.

(2.1C) Recycling/disposal of Science Materials
The student is expected to identify and demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reuse or recycling of paper, plastic, and metal.

(2.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events during observations and investigations.

(2.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigation
The student is expected to plan and conduct descriptive investigations such as how organisms grow.

(2.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data from observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, thermometers, and non-standard measurement tools.

(2.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data using pictures, numbers, and words.

(2.2E) Communicate and Justify Explanations
The student is expected to communicate observations and justify explanations using student-generated data from simple descriptive investigations.

(2.2F) Comparing Results of Investigations
The student is expected to compare results of investigations with what students and scientists know about the world.

(2.3B) Make Predictions
The student is expected to make predictions based on observable patterns.

Related Math TEKS

2.12D  The student is expected to use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

2.13A  The student is expected to explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Temperature Game: NASA (website) - Students learn about the relative temperature of different locations and objects.

Temperature Game

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