How Can We Slow Down Heat Loss From Our Classroom?

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • describe a temperature scale in terms of hot, warm, cool and cold
  • explain that heat energy moves from where it is hotter to where it is cooler
  • describe and carry out a number of actions that can be taken to reduce heat loss and keep the classroom warm
  • use a simple outdoor thermometer to safely record and compare temperatures (optional, depending on the level of the students).

Teaching Rationales

The students explore the concept that heat energy flows from where it is more concentrated (hotter) to where it is less concentrated (cooler), and that this heat loss can be slowed down. The students are encouraged to take regular actions to conserve energy.

Learning Areas, Strands, Achievement Objectives

1 - 2 Science

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will explore everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as movement, forces, electricity and magnetism, light, sound, waves, and heat.
    Students will seek and describe simple patterns in physical phenomena.

Nature of Science
Participating and contributing

  • Students will explore and act on issues and questions that link their science learning to their daily living.
2 English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing and Speaking, Writing, and Presenting Ideas

  • Students will show some understanding of ideas within, across and beyond texts.

Activity-specific Achievement Objectives

1 - 2 Science

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will explore and investigate the physical phenomena of heat and heat loss in the everyday situation of their classroom.

Nature of Science
Participating and contributing

  • Students will explore the ways heat is lost from their classroom and take action, as an individual and as a class, to reduce these heat losses.
  English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing and Speaking, Writing, and Presenting Ideas

  • Students will acquire topic-specific vocabulary (relating to temperature) and use this vocabulary when they form and express ideas.