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June 28, 2017
by leesclassroom

Term 2 Heat Project

In this term’s science unit the class has been learning about heat.

They have investigated how heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another, the connection between the gain or loss of heat by an object and change in the temperature, and how heat can be transferred through direct contact or from a distance.

The have also explored the difference between heat and temperature, how a thermometer works and what is an insulator.

They have created PowerPoints containing much of what they have learnt. These can be found on the grade 4 blogs. Below are two examples made by teams of grade 3 students.

Heat by Thomas and Sanja

Heat by Liv and Antoinette

June 26, 2017
by leesclassroom

Heat Unit: Resources and Holiday Experiments

Below I’ve listed some sites which might help with your PowerPoint. Beneath that are several heat and energy experiments you might be interested in doing during the holidays. Remember to always check with a parent before carrying out any experiments.


What is Heat? – Definition & Explanation

How Heat Energy Works.

What is Heat Energy? – Facts & Calculation

Forms of Energy: Thermal, Radiant, Chemical, Electric & Nuclear Energy

Energy Transfer: Examples & Overview

Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation


What is Conduction in Science? – Definition & Examples

What is Evaporation? – Definition & Examples

What is Temperature? – Definition & Measurement

Measuring Temperature in the Lab: Instruments & Process


Holiday experiments:

Water balloon and candle

Convection spiral

Why do temperature layers form in oceans

Does hot water freeze faster than cold water?

Pizza box solar oven

How to make honeycomb

Make a simple thermometer

Endothermic reaction

June 23, 2017
by leesclassroom

Heat Questions

As we come to the end of our integrated unit on ‘Heat’ you are asked to investigate these questions to further your knowledge around the topic. Place your research into a PowerPoint.

September 16, 2016
by leesclassroom

Term 3 Integrated Unit Reflection

Begin your reflection of what you have learnt during this term’s Science unit.

Your reflection must include:
Section 1
An introduction summarizing the unit.
Three facts that you found interesting or surprising.
Two understandings you now have.
One wonder you still have.
Section 2
Next, refer to your learning throughout the unit (in the whole class, in your groups and working on your information report) and answer:
What were the most important things I have learnt.
How did I learn it.
What am I going to do with what I have learnt.

Also go over your Assessment Matrix and talk about how well you covered the various parts needed for your information report.

Final, refer to your unit goals that your created at the beginning of the term. Write about whether you achieved them and if so how you went about this.

August 29, 2016
by leesclassroom

Introducing the Question Matrix

A question matrix will help you think of questions that will require more than one word answers. It helps you make interesting questions. (open ended questions)

At the top of the matrix knowledge and information questions are generated.

The lower rows of the matrix generate questions that require analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Key elements to think about…

  • Think of your topic.
  • Look at the words going down the side of the page to choose the first word of your question.
  • Then look across the top of your page and choose the second word to make up your question.
  • Now complete the rest of the question, relating it to the topic that you wanted to find out about.



  • more than one question can be placed in each box
  • several questions build around a theme
  • can students spot the questions asked in previous lesson sequence where we introduced each different types of natural disasters? Where are they on the matrix?

sample bushfire question matrix

blank question matrix

rubric for question matrix

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