ERIC Number: ED480788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
What is the Best Insulator: Air, Styrofoam, Foil, or Cotton? Grades 3-5.
Rushton, Erik; Ryan, Emily; Swift, Charles
Contrary to what many students think, heat flows from hot to cold. Working in groups of 3-4, students investigate the properties of insulators in attempts to keep a cup of water from freezing and, once it is frozen, to keep it from melting. This activity requires a 4.5-hour time period for completion. (Author/SOE)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Daily Living Skills, Elementary Education, Energy, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Heat, Matter, Physics, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills, Scientific Concepts, Student Motivation, Temperature, Thermal Insulation, Water
Web site: www.prek-12engineering.org/activities/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Tufts Univ., Medford, MA.
Note: Produced by the Office for Technology and Industry Collaboration. For other activities in series, see SE 068 011-041.