Lesson 1: The Mitten Problem
In this introductory lesson, students are presented with a formative assessment probe, The Mitten Problem, to elicit their ideas about sources of heat. Students design and conduct a follow up investigation to further investigate their developing ideas about heat.
- Objects and substances are not inherently “warm” or “cold.”
- Explore their current ideas about heat.
- Be able to differentiate between a heat source and objects or substances affected by a heat source.
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Connection to Maine Agencies
A Maine Energy Education Program (MEEP) representative and will come to interested schools, free of charge, to guide and support the concepts in lesson.