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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Detecting fire

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/764-detecting-fire
We need to be able to detect a fire so that we can stop it or get out in time. Often we are the ...

Slowing the burning

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/739-slowing-the-burning
In New Zealand, we have a number of house fires, fuelled by the things we have in our houses ...

Future fuels – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1566-future-fuels-introduction
Scientists think that about 14 billion years ago (that is a 14 followed by 9 zeros), this ...

Putting out the fire

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/777-putting-out-the-fire
In this activity, students investigate different ways of extinguishing fire and how this is ...

Exploding Flour

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/779-exploding-flour
In this activity, students observe the teacher igniting flour when it is in a basic combustion ...

Investigating fire – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/737-investigating-fire-introduction
We often hear about destructive fires in the media. We know that fire is dangerous and can ...

Physical World – Heat

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2262-physical-world-heat
Below are links to Science Learning Hub resources for primary teachers related to heat in the ...

Fire – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1596-fire-timeline
A timeline showing some events and disasters relating to fire and how humans have learnt to ...

Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2082-nigel-latta-blows-stuff-up
Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up is a fun – and funny – series where TV personality Nigel Latta ...

Drama in the microworld

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/774-drama-in-the-microworld
In this activity, students use drama to model science ideas about atoms and molecules ...

Future fuels – key terms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1592-future-fuels-key-terms
Exploring our energy options - the Sun is the origin for most of our energy sources. Humans ...

Light a candle

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/775-light-a-candle
In this activity, students take a closer look at a candle flame as an example of a flame that ...

Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up Episode 5: Fire

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2092-nigel-latta-blows-stuff-up-episode-5-fire
Nigel wants to find out what really happens in a house fire – by setting a house on fire. The ...

Fire in Antarctica

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/794-fire-in-antarctica
In this activity, students read online articles related to fire in Antarctica and discuss why ...

Fire – unit plan

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/797-fire-unit-plan
Fire is generally portrayed as frightening and destructive by the media. Humans have ...

The fire danger sign and Bernie

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/745-the-fire-danger-sign-and-bernie
Rural fire scientists study fire behaviour and fire risk and use their findings to develop ...
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