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Thermal insulators & conductors

Overall rating 2 out of 52.8 (5 ratings)

Last updated 23 March 2014, created 17 August 2010, viewed 25,880

The properties of materials relate to their use as everyday objects such as spoons. Children test the insulating properties of various stirrers & discuss everyday uses of materials for thermal insulation or conduction. Look at diff meanings of word conductor. Suitable for Y4 pupils.

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    LKS2_Sc_Y4_SE_Hot_&_Cold[1].doc (36kb, Word document)
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    ScR_LKS2_Sc_Y4_SE_Hot&Cold[1].doc (589kb, Word document)
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I agree with the comment below. This lesson plan is incorrect, I will just be using the worksheet which is adequate.

from RachaelAlix, 23 March 2014
(report comment) 2 out of 5

The concepts being taught using this resource are incorrect. Chocolate melts because it has a low melting point, not because it's a poor insulator. A metal spoon is not a good insulator - it will get hot and burn your hand because it's a good conductor. It has a high melting point and that's why it's good for stirring tea. This is teaching children the wrong thing - don't use this lesson plan. The worksheet is good, though.

from bertie1546, 25 November 2012
(report comment) 1 out of 5

this was really good

from K.Hawkins, 19 November 2012
(report comment) 3 out of 5

Useful and comprehensive ideas and lesson plan.

from lizzhall, 21 February 2012
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