This is the second chapter in the American Chemical Society (ACS) program Middle School Chemistry. This chapter contains five lessons or activities:
Heat, Temperature, and Conduction
Each lesson is outlined in a detailed lesson plan that follows the BSCS 5E instructional model. The exploration phase usually contains student activities followed in the explanation phase with a simple simulation that illustrates the particle behavior during conduction in the first lesson and during a phase change in the following lessons. The first lesson provides important background knowledge necessary to understand how energy is transferred in the subsequent phase changes.
Each lesson is outlined comprehensively in the lesson plan with extensive supporting materials such as background readings, student readings, and a chapter overview lecture. Each lesson begins with a series of questions as a way of helping students design an experiment. A well described experiment follows. The simulation that illustrates water molecules at different temperature is introduced to explain the observations in the experiment. The explanation is often extended with an additional activity on a closely related topic.
The website includes downloadable pdf documents for the lesson plans, the
entire chapter, student activity sheets and the answer sheet for the activity sheet and a student reader to be used at the end of the lesson.