Activities & Resources

The activities and resources provided here represent materials developed by the Possible Worlds team to help teacher-participants of the field studies integrate the digital games into their customary teaching of heat transfer.

Topic:
Heat Transfer

Sample Instructional Sequence

This is a sample teaching sequence for integrating Galactic Gloop Zoo into the topic of heat transfer. It includes teaching tips and instructions for how to link the support materials with the game, and link the game to your regular instruction. The sequence was was developed and refined during the classroom field-testing of the digital game and the support materials.

Format: PDF
Duration: Three to five class periods
Timing: Optional, according to your approach to teaching heat transfer
Topic:
Heat Transfer

Heat Transfer Presentation

This slide deck is a brief, general introduction to the topic of heat transfer and addresses the misconceptions that heat is a substance or that a cold object can transfer "coolness" to a warmer object. Information on convection, conduction, and radiation is tied to experiences in Galactic Gloop Zoo digital gameplay.

Format: PowerPoint
Duration: 10–15 minutes (more with discussion)
Timing: Present after gameplay
Topic:
Connvection

Mix the Heat

The purpose of this hands-on activity is for students to understand that heat transfers from a warmer object to a colder object until both reach the same temperature. Students predict what will happen when two equal amounts of water at different temperatures are mixed.

Format: Hands-on activity
Duration: One class period
Timing: After gameplay
Topic:
Conduction

Feel the Heat

This activity addresses the nature of heat transfer through conduction. The purpose of the game is for students to experience the direction of heat transfer and the correlation between the temperature of molecules and the movement of molecules.
Format: Hands-on activity
Duration: 15–20 minutes
Timing: After gameplay
Topic:
Radiation

Infrared Radiation lab

A simple radiation meter, consisting of a fast-response temperature sensor taped to a black-painted foil surface on foam insulation, allows students to explore radiative transfer at ordinary temperatures.

Format: Hands-on activity
Duration: One class
Timing: After gameplay
Topic:
Heat Transfer

Galactic Gloop Zoo Mini-game

The Galactic Gloop Zoo mini-game is a stand-alone Flash app that provides four sample levels of Galactic Gloop Zoo for classroom discussion of the three types of heat transfer illustrated in the game.

Open Galactic Gloop Zoo Mini-game

Format: Flash
Duration: Variable, based on discussion
Timing: After gameplay