Featured in PASCO’s Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

(PS-2875D)

Features 29 inquiry based labs designed for elementary students and coordinated with the standards for life, earth and physical sciences.

Heating Land & Water

Lab Summary

Use a temperature sensor to determine a property of materials that allows some to heat up faster than other materials and then draw conclusions about water's influence on a region's climate.

Method

To understand this content, students:

  • Heat samples of water and sand with a lamp while recording the change in temperature as each sample is heated.
  • Determine a property of some materials that allows them to heat up faster than other materials.
  • Use evidence from the activity and research to draw conclusions about water's influence on a region's climate.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor

(PS-2140)

Allows students to conduct all three measurements simultaneously and continuously. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Construction paper, skin-tone (8 cm × 12 cm) (3 in. × 5 in.)
Dry sand and other materials, such as grass, dirt, foil, waxed paper, wood, chocolate, milk, material, glass, ground charcoal, provide a variety of textures and surfaces - 40 mL to 50 mL
Meteorology records on the Internet - A variety
Meter stick 
Petri dish or small shallow dish or jar lid - 2
Scissors 
Table or stool to clamp lamp 
Utility lamp with clip, 75 W, 100 W, or sunlamp
Water, room temperature - 40 mL to 50 mL
World map or globe 

The Associated Bundle:

Elementary School Science Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2934)

This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 25 lab activities in the Elementary School Introductory Science Experiments.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.