Bring On the Heat

Thermally sensitive paper can be used to create some stunning artistic effects. This activity is a fantastic exploration of a thermally sensitive chemical reaction.

Grades Covered: 3 through 8
Subject Covered: Physical Science

Curriculum topics:
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Acids
  • Transfer of Energy
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Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

  • Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Physical Science||Energy

  • Make observations & measurements to identify materials based on their properties. [Examples of properties: color, hardness, reflectivity, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, response to magnetic forces, & solubility; density is not intended as an identifiable property.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 5||Physical Science||Matter and its Interactions
  • Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. [Examples:burrning sugar or steel wool, fat reacting with sodium hydroxide, mixing zinc with HCl.]||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Physical Science||Matter and Its Interactions