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Particles of Matter and Heat Transfer

In this Bust-A-Myth students will learn about heat transfer using the particle model of matter. The Research Gadget supports students in visualizing how these ideas are related. Using the Particle Property Cards students are able to view the particles in a substance and predict how well this substance conducts heat. After this study of heat energy transfer students will confirm or bust the myth:

A winter jacket can keep an ice cube from melting.

This lesson provides a challenge which asks students to construct ice cube insulators and, using the scientific method, to confirm or bust the myth.