Heat Transfer Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

In this lesson, show a video to students that introduces heat transfer. As the video plays, you will pause it to demonstrate various mechanisms of heat transfer. Students will then write definitions of the different mechanisms.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify which type of heat transfer is happening in a specific example
  • define heat transfer and its three mechanisms


About 60 minutes


  • Lamp and incandescent bulb OR candles
  • Small metal object (eating utensil, paper clip, etc.)
  • Instant read thermometer
  • Large beaker (filled with water)
  • Heating plate
  • Food coloring

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

Key Vocabulary

  • heat transfer
  • conduction
  • convection
  • radiation

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