Grade:  Third

Subject:  Science

Topic:  Heat

Submitted by Maria Huntley

February 26, 2008

 

Performance Task---GRASPS

Goal— Each group of students will work together to complete a collage of insulators and conductors.  Each group will also create a home that is energy efficient by using insulators.

 

Role—Students will work together as investigators and researchers.  Students will search through magazines and newspapers to create a collage of insulators and conductors.  Students will use these criteria to choose the appropriate materials and tools to create an energy efficient home for Mr. and Mrs. Sunshine.

 

Audience—Students will advertise their final products to peers and Mr. and Mrs. Sunshine.  Students will have an open house where parents can observe the completed homes.  At this time, Mr. and Mrs. Sunshine will announce which home they will buy. 

 

Situation—Mr. and Mrs. Sunshine, a new family to the community, is searching for a home where they will pay low heating and cooling costs.  The family doesn’t know very much about insulators and conductors and how it affects the temperature in a home.  The family has asked a group of students to create their dream home that is energy efficient.  The students’ job will be to work in small groups to create a home that is energy efficient.  The group will also have to explain to Mr. and Mrs. Sunshine the difference between insulators and conductors.   The group will also have to create a home choosing the appropriate materials that has a little temperature change. 

 

Product/Performance—Students will create a collage of materials that are good insulators and conductors.  Students will use boxes and proper material to create an energy efficient home.  Students will test the temperature changes in their home by placing it in direct sunlight, a cool area, shade, near a heater, near an air conditioner, and in the dark.  Students will have to record and chart the changes in temperature from each location.  Students will then create a brochure explaining what materials were used to make their home energy efficient and why Mr. and Mrs. Sunshine should buy there home.  Students will display the collage, brochure, and home for Mr. and Mrs. Sunshine and family and friends to inspect.  Students will work together by taking turns, picking out materials, and working together. 

 

Standard/Criteria for Success—See rubric


 

Go to fullsize imageGo to fullsize imageMr. and Mrs. Sunshine Home Search Rubric

 

CATEGORY

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3

2

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Insulation

All materials and setup used in the home are ideal for insulation.

Some material and setup in the home are ideal for insulation.

No material and setup in the home are ideal for insulation.

Insulation was not included in the home.

Appearance/Organization

Go to fullsize imageHome is neat, creative, and put together well with a variety of material.

Home is somewhat neat and creative and together with a variety of material.

Home is not neat, lacks creativity and a variety of material.

Home is not complete.

Go to fullsize imageTemperature Recordings

Group measured, recorded, and graphed temperature accurately.

Group measured temperature correctly, but did not record or graph correctly.

Group measured temperature correctly, but did not record and graph in any situations.

Group did not measure their findings.

Journal/Notebook

Clear, accurate, dated notes are taken regularly.

Dated, clear, accurate notes are taken occasionally.

Dated, notes are taken occasionally, but accuracy of notes might be questionable.

Go to fullsize imageNotes rarely taken or of little use.

Brochure

Brochure is detailed and describes the skills learned, and many reasons why their home is energy efficient.

Brochure describes some information learned and a possible reason why the home is energy efficient.

Brochure describes the information learned, but no information as to why the home is energy efficient.

No brochure

Collage

Clear, accurate collage is included and makes the experiment easier to understand. Pictures are labeled neatly and accurately.

Pictures on the collage are included and are labeled neatly and accurately.

Collage is included and labeled.

No collage

Participation

Used time well in lab and focused attention to the work.

Used time pretty well. Stayed focused on the investigation most of the time.

Did the investigation but did not appear very interested. Focus was lost on several occasions.

Very little participation AND/OR students did not participate