Science – Introducing the ‘Heat at home’ project

In Science this term, the middle years students will explore heat.

As part of this unit students are asked to find things at home that are heat sources and take a photo and post it to the blog or write about their findings on the blog.

Safety note: remember to use safe ways to search for heat sources, including slowly moving a hand towards something and withdrawing before it gets too hot.

Tasks to do:

  1. Brainstorm with family and friends different objects at home that are heat sources and discuss if each one is warm, hot or very hot.
  2. Discuss whether the object is producing heat or was heated by something else.

For example:

  • A hairdryer. The vent area can get hot. It produces its own heat.
  • A globe in a bedside lamp. It can get hot. It produces its own heat.
  • A saucepan on stove. It gets very hot. It is heated by something else (a gas burner).
  1. Students to choose one object that is a heat source and share it with a photo or description of it on the blog.

Thank you! Happy searching!


PS: challenge yourself to try and find something different to what everyone else posts.



Skittle Business

Hi Middle School,

The last 2 science lessons we have had together have been full of intrigue and discovery.

It was great to explore the Scientific Process (A-S-I-T-C-I-S) using some candy and everyday liquids you might find around the house such as shampoo, vegetable oil, dishwashing liquid and vinegar. What was most interesting to me was the predictions you were able to make about how liquids would react with the different candy and seeing some of them come true!

Check out these photos of the different reactions between the 2 substances.

Here is the video clip about the Scientific Process – it has really helped me to remember what order we do things in during an investigation.

What other everyday substances do you think would produce an interesting reaction when mixed?