EXPLORATION

UPPER ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE
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Designing Season-Extenders for the Garden

Students will design ideas to keep plants warm in the cooler months.

Time

45 Minutes

Setting

Inside

Collection Group

SOLAR COOKING

 

Standards

  • S3P1. Students will investigate how heat is produced and the effects of heating and cooling, and will understand a change in temperature indicates a change in heat.
    • a. Categorize ways to produce heat energy such as burning, rubbing (friction), and mixing things.
    • b. Investigate how insulation affects heating and cooling.
    • c. Investigate the transfer of heat energy from the sun to various materials.
    • d. Use thermometers to measure the changes in temperatures of water samples over time.

Materials

  • Journals or 8.5×11 copy paper (1 per student)
  • Coloring supplies (enough for each student)

Procedures

  1. Explain to students that they will use what they have learned about heat energy to design and a way to keep plants warm in the garden during the cooler months.
  2. Give students the opportunity to research methods of season extension and work together in their small groups to draw a sketch of their idea and label the features.

Explorations in this Collection

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Designing Solar Ovens

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Designing Season-Extenders for the Garden

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Investigating Heat Transfer – Conduction and Insulation

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Investigating Heat Transfer – Convection

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Investigating Heat Transfer – Ultraviolet Radiation

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Measuring the Urban Heat Island Effect

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Competing in an Ice Cube Race