Heat energy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/750-heat-energy
Most of us use the word ‘heat’ to mean something that feels warm, but science defines heat as ...

What is fire?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/747-what-is-fire
Fire is the visible effect of the process of combustion – a special type of chemical reaction ...

Carbon cycle

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1569-carbon-cycle
The carbon cycle can seem like a complex process because there are many interacting parts ...

What is smoke?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/748-what-is-smoke
What is smoke and why do some fires seem to have more smoke than others? Smoke is a collection ...

Fire behaviour

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/763-fire-behaviour
Fires behave differently. Some burn slowly and evenly; others are extremely hot, burning ...

Non-renewable energy sources

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1570-non-renewable-energy-sources
Energy comes from many sources, and to describe these sources we use two terms: renewable and ...

What is energy?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1572-what-is-energy
This is both a simple and complex question. Energy is in everything – it is often described as ...

Types of volcanoes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/648-types-of-volcanoes
Everyone knows what a volcano looks like – isn’t it a steep-sided cone with wisps of ash coming ...

The moving Earth

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1426-the-moving-earth
Isn’t it funny to think that the Earth is moving! If we stand perfectly still and look into the ...

Auckland’s volcanoes

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/655-auckland-s-volcanoes
The city of Auckland is built on a volcanic field. There are 50 volcanoes within an area of ...

Renewable energy sources

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1571-renewable-energy-sources
Renewable energy is fuel that comes from a source that can be replenished in a short amount of ...

Linking ideas, activities and lessons

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1825-linking-ideas-activities-and-lessons
In the primary classroom, even though teachers and students generally spend the day together ...

Carbon dioxide emissions calculator

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1588-carbon-dioxide-emissions-calculator
This activity requires access to two Internet sites: a carbon emissions calculator and a school ...

Nuclear energy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1581-nuclear-energy
For many people, the term ‘nuclear energy’ is associated with negative events and feelings ...

Using solar energy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1747-using-solar-energy
Solar energy is transformed into other energy forms for our use on Earth – energy for food ...

Energy sources through time – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1636-energy-sources-through-time-timeline
Use this timeline to explore how humans have relied on fossil fuels in the past and how we are ...

Hydro power

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1574-hydro-power
Hydro power uses water to generate electricity. Most hydro electricity is generated from fresh ...

Volcanoes – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1600-volcanoes-timeline
Uncovering our explosive past - a look at some of the historical aspects of volcanoes in New ...

Solar energy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1746-solar-energy
The Sun is the source of almost all our energy. It is a huge ball of hot gases that gives off ...

Alternative conceptions about energy

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1756-alternative-conceptions-about-energy
Our use of language in everyday life is often quite different to the language of scientists ...

Chemical fire retardants

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/765-chemical-fire-retardants
Chemical fire retardants help delay or prevent combustion, but there are potential health and ...

Making a solar oven

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1754-making-a-solar-oven
In this activity, students will learn about using the Sun’s energy to meet our needs. They will ...

The flying tea bag

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/778-the-flying-tea-bag
In this activity, students observe an empty tea bag that is set alight. The burning causes a ...

Exploring magma formation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/645-exploring-magma-formation
Andesite is a type of rock that is thought to form on the edge of tectonic plates in a ...
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