Below are links to Science Learning Hub resources for primary teachers related to heat in the Physical World strand of the New Zealand Curriculum.
Primary teachers often consider heat for a topic or concept when teaching science from the Physical World strand. Here are some resources that may help you teach this interesting phenomenon.
Heat basics: temperature
Temperature is a measure of the average energy of the particles that make up a substance. It relates to the idea of hotness and coldness. If an object feels hotter, generally it has the higher temperature.
Temperature –the highs and lows – Article
Heat and latent heat – Video
Investigating temperature – Activity
Water temperature – Activity
Heat basics: energy
Every time something gets warm, cools down, moves, grows, makes a sound or changes in any way, it uses energy.
What is energy? – Article
Heat energy – Article
Using heat energy – Activity
Combustion is when fuel reacts with oxygen to release heat energy. Fire is the visible effect of combustion.
Fire behaviour – Article
Drama in the microworld – Activity
Light a candle – Activity
Putting out the fire – Activity
The flying tea bag – Activity
The great candle experiment – Activity
Alternative conceptions about fire – Article
Conduction – Image
Convection – Image
How things ignite – Image
Radiation – Image
Flashover and backdraught – Video
Topic: Renewable energy
Renewable energy is fuel that comes from a source that can be replenished in a short amount of time. This includes solar, wind, water, geothermal power and bioenergy.
Renewable energy sources – Article
Geothermal power – Article
New Zealand’s biomass resources – Article
Solar power – Article
Greenhouse simulation – Activity
Fuels and greenhouse gases – Video
Woody residue uses – Video
Topic: staying warm with insulation
Keeping warm involves stopping the transfer of heat from one object to another. This can be done by insulating the object. Trapping air in layers is a very effective way of insulating an object.
Greenhouse effect – Article
Greenhouse gases – Video
Insulation – Article
Kelvin – The ThermoKennel – Article
Wool fibre properties – Article
Staying warm in Antarctica – Video
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Topic: solar energy
Scientists have learned to harness the Sun, transforming its energy to meet our energy needs.
Harnessing the Sun - an introductory article with links to media, articles and student activities
Solar energy – Article
Using solar energy – Article
Making a solar oven – Activity
Alternative conceptions about energy – Article
The performance helped me remember the whole meaning of solar cooking
Topic: Water (using heat to change states)
Changes of state involve the addition or removal of heat energy.
Melting and freezing – Article
Water molecules in drama – Activity
Find out how teachers around New Zealand have used heat-related resources in their classrooms.
Making predictions – video
Revisiting predictions – video