Reflection: Standards Alignment Heat Transfer in Architecture: Radiation - Section 4: Write a Conclusion


Writing conclusions is a great way to tie into the Common Core Writing Standards. In the lesson I introduce the conclusion as an informational writing piece. The students explain the results and give information about how architects can design an home to take advantage of radiation.

If you want to change the data and make it argumentative writing, it is easy to do. Tell the students that the data will be used in a college for architects. Their task is to persuade the college students that radiation is an eco-friendly method of heating homes. Students can consider climate architecture needs, Florida vs. Minnesota. If you have time, additional research into types of glass and heat transfer can be used for additional evidence, beyond their data.  The switch in voice can help students understand how argumentative writing is different than informational writing. 

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Heat Transfer in Architecture: Radiation

Unit 6: Designing for the Future: Eco Friendly Building
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT test a model of a house to record how radiation energy helps architects build eco-friendly buildings.

Big Idea: How do architects design eco-friendly buildings that take advantage of the heat transfer from the sun's radiation? Students create an investigation as they explore radiation and its heat transferring potential.

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