Adapted Resource – Science – Heat Transfer Unit


Adapted solution- Heat Transfer Unit – Lesson three.

The science unit titled Heat Transfer (Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), n.d) can be adapted to align with five Design and Technologies curriculum areas for Year 3 and 4. In lesson three of the unit, students will use their knowledge of conductors and insulators to design and create a lunchbox with heat transfer in mind. Every student will be familiar with a standard lunch box and then challenged to design a new lunch box that is practical and functional that can store a variety of foods, maintains food at a safe temperature to eat and improves the appearance of traditional boring and dull containers. The adapted resource will help consolidate student understanding of heat and heat transfer and incorporate the Design and Technologies content description:

  • critique needs or opportunities for designing and explore and test a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment and the techniques needed to create designed solutions (ACTDEP014) (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), 2016).
  • Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP015) (ACARA, 2016).
  • Select and use materials, components, tools and equipment using safe work practices to produce designed solutions (ACTDEP016) (ACARA, 2016)
  • Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment (ACTDEP017) (ACARA, 2016).

Incorporating Design and Technology into the lesson provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their critical thinking skills and reinforce their knowledge and understanding of science concepts.


Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2016). Digital Technologies. Retrieved 31 August 2017, from

Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA). Year 3-4 Unit 1 Lesson Three | ScienceWeb – ASTA. Scienceweb. Retrieved 1 September 2017, from



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