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Temperature Time Warp

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Temperature Time Warp

In this activity, learners explore the behavior of cold-blooded animals. Learners discover what happens when they change a fly's temperature. Young learners would enjoy this activity, but would probably need help in catching a fly.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • A glass jar or plastic container
  • A cloth
  • A rubber band to cover the top
  • An ordinary house fly


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Metabolism
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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  • Free access



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