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Physical World – Heat

Below are links to Science Learning Hub resources for primary teachers related to heat in the Physical World strand of the New Zealand Curriculum. They are grouped by collection (contexts, science stories, teacher ideas and news items).

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.

Context: Ceramics

Temperature –the highs and lows – Science Ideas and Concepts

Investigating temperature – Student Activity

Superconductors and high-temperature superconductors – Video

Context: Fire

Unit plan: Fire

Fire behaviour – Science Ideas and Concepts

Heat energy – Science Ideas and Concepts

Drama in the microworld – Student Activity

Light a candle – Student Activity

Putting out the fire – Student Activity

The flying tea bag – Student Activity

The great candle experiment – Student Activity

Alternative conceptions about fire – Teacher Resource

Conduction – Image

Convection – Image

How things ignite – Image

Radiation – Image

Flashover and backdraught – Video

Context: Future Fuels

Renewable energy sources – Science Ideas and Concepts

What is energy? – Science Ideas and Concepts

Geothermal power – Looking Closer Article

New Zealand’s biomass resources – Looking Closer Article

Solar power – Looking Closer Article

Greenhouse simulation – Student Activity

Energy sources through time – Timeline

Fuels and greenhouse gases – Video

Woody residue uses – Video

Context: Gases and Plasmas

Heat and latent heat – Video

Context: Icy Ecosystems

Greenhouse effect – Science Ideas and Concepts

Insulation – Science Ideas and Concepts

Insulation with feathers – Image

Getting dressed for the Antarctic – Video

Staying warm in Antarctica – Video

Context: Space Revealed

Hidden heat – Interactive

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Science story: Harnessing the Sun

Unit plan: Harnessing the Sun

Solar energy – Science Ideas and Concepts

Using solar energy – Science Ideas and Concepts

Making a solar oven – Student Activity

Alternative conceptions about energy – Teacher Resource

Science story: Observing Water

Unit plan: Observing Water

Melting and freezing – Science Ideas and Concepts

Water molecules in drama – Student Activity

Science story: Science Made Simple

Greenhouse gases – Video

The performance helped me remember the whole meaning of solar cooking


Teacher ideas

Cross-curricular use of Fire context – Hubs in Action

Adapting learning outcomes and activities for young students – Education Research

Making and using an artefact – Education Research

Performing science – Education Research

Students reflect on learning-science – Education Research

News items

Rudolph and relatives have built in air-con – Article