Ch 7: Thermal Energy Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Thermal Energy chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the processes, flows and transfers of fuel, energy and heat in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Thermal Energy chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The meaning of thermal energy Definition and examples of thermal energy, geothermal energy examined
Tuesday The process of fuel becoming heat energy Fuel consumption, how released energy becomes heat energy
Wednesday Model changes in state Using the idea of heat and temperature to model changes in state
Thursday Autotrophs and heterotrophs How plants use sun energy to produce sugar, how cells break down sugar to generate energy
Friday Heat flow in solids and fluids and heat energy transfer by radiation Flow of heat in solids by conduction, flow of heat in fluids by conduction and convection, transfer of heat energy through radiation

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: Thermal Energy Lesson Plans
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What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

This lesson defines and identifies examples of thermal energy everywhere from your kitchen to the Earth's core. We'll discuss geothermal energy, a renewable energy source, as well.

How Fuel Becomes Heat Energy

2. How Fuel Becomes Heat Energy

When we burn wood, coal, or gas, we create heat. But where did that heat come from? Learn how fuel becomes heat energy, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Modeling Changes in State: Heat & Energy

3. Modeling Changes in State: Heat & Energy

Matter exists in different phases, but it can also change from one phase to another. It's not magic, it's energy! In this lesson, you'll explore how energy can change matter from one state to another and what the names of these phase changes are.

Autotrophs and Heterotrophs

4. Autotrophs and Heterotrophs

Ever wonder where your energy comes from? What about a plant's energy? And where does it go? Learn about the flow of energy through the food chain in this lesson on autotrophs and heterotrophs.

Heat Flow in Solids & Fluids

5. Heat Flow in Solids & Fluids

Learn about heat flow in solids and fluids: discover heat flow by conduction, convection, and radiation. See if you can tell the difference in a quiz.

Transferring Heat Energy by Radiation

6. Transferring Heat Energy by Radiation

After completing this lesson, you'll be able to explain how heat transfer by radiation works, and why it is important for life on Earth. You'll also learn how radiation is produced.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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