Heat Transfer: Conduction, Radiation, Convection

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photo credit: Kmecfiunit Key Ideas from Lessons:  Heat is transferred through matter in three different ways: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction occurs when two objects of different temperatures are in direct contact with each other and heat is transferred from molecule to molecule. Radiation is the transfer of thermal energy that does not require contact or the presence of any matter between the heat source and the object being heated. Convection is the transfer of heat by the movement of currents in a fluid (a gas or a liquid). As a … Read More

Thermal Energy/Heat and Phase Changes

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Key Ideas from the Lessons: (Source: http://assessment.aaas.org/topics) Thermal energy is the total kinetic energy (energy of motion) of all the particles in an object. Heated molecules have a lot of kinetic energy and thus move a lot while cold molecules do not have as much thermal energy … Read More

What is Energy?

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This is such an intense topic to try and create a brief introduction to students. What to keep in? What can I leave out? I found the professional development (PD) … Read More

States of Matter

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Key Ideas from the Lessons: (Source: http://assessment.aaas.org/topics/AM#/,tabs-40/0,tabs-42/0,tabs-43/0) Develop and use models to explain the how the structure  of molecules (specifically how the molecular structure moves) determines if they function as gases, … Read More

Atoms and Molecules

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Key Ideas from the lessons: (Source: http://assessment.aaas.org/topics/AM#/,tabs-29/0,tabs-31/0,tabs-40/0) Anything made up of atoms is matter. It is because atoms take up space and have mass that all matter takes up space and has mass. Atoms are the basic building blocks of matter, and determine the properties and behaviors of all materials. All matter-solids, liquids, and gases-is made up of discrete particles (atoms), rather than being continuous and these atoms are the matter rather than contained in … Read More

Physical Properties of Matter (Mass, Volume, Density)

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  Overview of Lessons: More dense sink. Less dense float. Those six words help explain much of the Earth Science phenomena I teach during the school year. In order to … Read More

What is Matter? Developing a student friendly definition

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Lesson Description I start off the whole Matter and Energy unit with students completing an Anticipation Guide: matter and energy unit Anticipation Guide. This gets them thinking about some key … Read More

Matter and Energy Unit Plan

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I teach an introductory unit on Matter and Energy before I begin teaching Earth Science concepts. Matter and Energy is one of NGSS Crosscutting Concepts. I don’t go in depth … Read More