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Thermal Energy & Heat Transfer – Middle School Science Unit

This HUGE unit will help you teach about thermal energy and heat transfer to your middle school science class.

It will save you time and keep your students engaged!

Why spend your precious time creating your own unit? I’ve done the work for you!

A large unit covering Standards NGSS MS PS3-4 and Utah SEEd 6.2.3.

All of my units are standards-aligned to help you cover all of the information you are required to address. This unit will do the job!

Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample. 

NGSS MS PS3-4

Plan and carry out an investigation to determine the relationship between temperature, the amount of heat transferred, and the change of average particle motion in various types or amounts of matter. Emphasize recording and evaluating data and communicating the results of the investigation.

Utah SEEd 6.2.3

This resource starts with phenomena!

Students will then be introduced to thermal energy with an informative slide show.  They will take notes with a strategic note-taking guide. Students will read an article about heat transfer and conduct an investigation on convection currents. 

This unit includes response pages, an informational text article, interactive notebook flaps, two slide shows, three complete labs, one investigation for students to plan, reading responses, a two-page quiz, and answer keys for everything!

Students will plan an investigation to determine the relationship between mass and thermal energy and substance and thermal energy. Students will learn about the three types of heat transfer: convection, conduction, and radiation. 

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I used this for the sixth grade Utah SEEd. It is a great resource and aligns well. The slide show was great for teaching concepts and the students loved the easy to do labs!

Cathy D.

I loved how this aligned so well with the standards…not just focused on basic heat transfer, but really had students learning to plan an investigation and think about change in energy. Great resource.

Lindsey T.

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This complete unit will help you teach your middle school science class about heat transfer and thermal energy as well as covering NGSS MS PS3-4 and Utah SEEd 6.2.3.

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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