Featured in PASCO’s Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

Elementary School Science Teacher Guide


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

Keeping Warm

Lab Summary

Use a temperature sensor to understand which materials conduct heat and which don't, and why they do or don't.


To understand this content, students:

  • Classify clothing or fabrics according to the type of fiver with which they are made.
  • Measure the temperature change in a cup of hot water exposed to the air for five minutes.
  • Design and implement an insulated covering for a test tube with hot water.
  • Measure the temperature change in a control test tube and in an insulated test tube of hot water, each for three minutes.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor


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

Materials Used:

Cup with cold water 
Cup with hot water 
Insulating clothing materials such as cotton, Polartec®, and wool - A variety
Paper towels - 2 to 3
Rubber band (optional) 
Tape (optional) - Several pieces
Test tube rack 
Test tubes - 2
Water, hot ~ 500 mL
Clothing items, articles of wool, synthetic fleece such as Polartec, real or synthetic fur, down, cotton, and polyester or acrylic fibers; a mitten and a glove - A variety
Projection system 

The Associated Bundle:

Elementary School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


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.