Unit: Using model homes to teach students about the basics of energy, heat transfer, insulators and conductors

David Kujawski Bird Middle East Walpole, MA
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Unit Description

This project-based unit sets out to get kids excited to learn about energy and heat transfer by having them build a model home and then devising an experiment to determine the best materials to use to get the house at least 5 degrees Celsius warmer than it was without insulation. Students will experiment with different materials and then use quantitative evidence to determine the best materials for their home. In the end, they will have learned about heat transfer, conductors, insulators and the importance energy efficiency of homes.

Lessons

Day 1: Building your model home Resources: 2

YWBAT: Follow directions to correctly assemble a model home.

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Testing the energy efficiency of our model homes (Days 2-5) Resources: 5

Multiple objectives listed in file (Energy efficiency house teacher guide and student worksheets)

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Introducing students to conductors and insulators

YWBAT:1) Observe and explain how heat travels through metal versus foam board to help develop your own definition of insulator and conductor. 2) Apply your understanding of insulators and conductors to determine the best materials from your experiment to use in your home.

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