Heat & States of Matter

Grades:
Duration: 30min workshop + 45–60-minute workshop
Cost: From $8.80 per student
Program Outline:

Big Bang Education’s Year 3 Physical and Chemical Sciences program has been designed to help teachers achieve the Australian Curriculum science understandings in Physical Sciences and Chemical Sciences:

Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049);

A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046).

Year 3 students will first experience an exciting science show which introduces them to the states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) and how substances can change from one state to another, and the effects on different materials when exposed to extreme temperatures.

During the hands-on workshop that follows, students will investigate different sources of heat; how heating and cooling can cause changes in states of matter; and how to measure temperature using thermometers.

Requirements:
  • A large indoor space – a school hall or other large multi-purpose room is ideal!
  • Two trestle tables or equivalent
  • Nearby access to water
  • Access to a power point
Program Includes:
  • 30-minute show for Year 3 cohort
  • 45–60-minute hands-on workshop for each individual class (maximum of 30 students per session)
Curriculum Links:
  • A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046)
  • Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049)
  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050)
  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS053)
  • With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS054)
  • Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately (ACSIS055)
  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (ACSIS215)
  • Reflect on investigations, including whether a test was fair or not (ACSIS058)
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