Heat in our Environment

Expert Groups Activity

Heat Travels in Three Ways

Heat can travel from one place to another in three ways: Conduction, Convection and Radiation.

If there is a temperature difference between two objects heat will always find a way to transfer from the higher to lower temperature till they are the same.

Become an expert!

Your job is to become an expert in your topic. You will then be responsible to share and teach this information to other classmates. You can use any visual method of your choice to display your information (power point, prezi, Smore, other)

You need to be able to explain:

  • What it is
  • How it works
  • Definitions that might relate to your heat transfer
  • Real life examples
  • Ways to prevent or reduce heat loss (for your transfer method)

If you find a teacher demo/experiment that can be done in class (safe and materials are attainable) then that can be done as well. CHECK with teacher first.

How will your audience remember your information?

Create an exit slip or game that students are to do/play after your presentation (10minutes tops)

*Teacher will photocopy anything that is needed - must be provided the day before presentations.

Conduction, Convection, and Radiation

Day 1

  1. Use the textbook to learn as much as you can about your topic.
  2. All group members make as many jot notes as they feel relevant (remember vocabulary) Feel free to use sticky notes to help you be more effecient.
  3. Share your findings.
  4. Use the chart paper to begin creating ideas and questions about your topic (place initials beside your questions)
  5. Begin deciding what questions/facts are important for your topic and how it pieces together
  6. Assign roles of who is responsible for which fact and information piece
  7. Decide on a way to organize and sort information (byod word doc., google doc, jot notes etc)
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At the end of every period you will need to be accountable for you contribution:

How do you know you were on task and contributing fairly?

Co-constructed criteria for acceptability in group work:

- all group members are writing (or searching)

- good use of time: not fooling round, only talking to your group (C=1)

- cooperation (respect) hearing and accepting all ideas

- patient

- engage all members in conversation

- equitability: follow through with assigned group task (i.e. bring in research if asked to)