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Investigating fire – introduction

We often hear about destructive fires in the media. We know that fire is dangerous and can cause severe damage and destruction and, at times, death. Since our earliest days, humans have sought to ...

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Heat energy

Most of us use the word ‘heat’ to mean something that feels warm, but science defines heat as the flow of energy from a warm object to a cooler object. Actually, heat energy is all around us – in ...

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What is fire?

Fire is the visible effect of the process of combustion – a special type of chemical reaction. It occurs between oxygen in the air and some sort of fuel. The products from the chemical reaction ...

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What is smoke?

What is smoke and why do some fires seem to have more smoke than others? Smoke is a collection of tiny solid, liquid and gas particles. Although smoke can contain hundreds of different chemicals ...

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Fire behaviour

Fires behave differently. Some burn slowly and evenly; others are extremely hot, burning fiercely and quickly. Different fires have different coloured flames. Some fires start easily; others ...

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ACTIVITY

The flying tea bag

In this activity, students observe an empty tea bag that is set alight. The burning causes a column of hot air and gas from combustion to rise above it due to convection. When the bag is light ...

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Chemical fire retardants

Chemical fire retardants help delay or prevent combustion, but there are potential health and environmental issues around the use and production of the chemicals, and the cost or possible harms ...

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Slowing the burning

In New Zealand, we have a number of house fires, fuelled by the things we have in our houses. Our furniture is flammable and often causes fires to burn quickly and fiercely. Fire engineers ...

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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 detectors. We can see smoke and flames, we can smell smoke and we can feel heat. Sometimes we need ...

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ACTIVITY

Exploding Flour

In this activity, students observe the teacher igniting flour when it is in a basic combustion chamber. By the end of this activity, students should be able to: understand how surface area of ...

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TEACHER PLD

Physical World – Heat

Below are links to Science Learning Hub resources for primary teachers related to heat in the Physical World strand of the New Zealand Curriculum. Primary teachers often consider heat for a topic ...

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Putting out the fire

In this activity, students investigate different ways of extinguishing fire and how this is related to their knowledge of the fire triangle and fire chemistry. By the end of this activity ...

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Fire – timeline

A timeline showing some events and disasters relating to fire and how humans have learnt to manage this chemical reaction. Early use of fire People use fire to keep warm, give light and give ...

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Drama in the microworld

In this activity, students use drama to model science ideas about atoms and molecules, transferring heat and the process of combustion. By the end of this activity, students should be able to ...

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The great candle experiment

In this activity, students cover a lit candle with an inverted jar in a saucer of water. The flame expires and the water rises up in the jar. By the end of this activity, students should be able ...

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TEACHER PLD

Chemistry made simple – atoms

In this recorded professional learning session, Greta Dromgool will build your knowledge and confidence to teach the particle nature of matter – a key concept in the New Zealand science ...

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Fire – unit plan

Fire is generally portrayed as frightening and destructive by the media. Humans have increasingly been able to manage fire by improved detection ability and improved fire control methods. In the ...

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ACTIVITY

Light a candle

In this activity, students take a closer look at a candle flame as an example of a flame that occurs in most natural fires and observe and investigate the flame and the process of burning. By the ...

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Managing fire risk in the outdoors

Scion scientists Grant Pearce and Stuart Anderson want to get a better understanding of fire behaviour. They use the knowledge to improve the models and tools available to fire managers who use ...

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Fire behaviour in the outdoors

Fires behave differently in different situations. Fire behaviour in the outdoors is quite different from the behaviour of fire inside a building or structure. The biggest difference is that ...

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TEACHER PLD

SLH and the Physical World

Many resources on the Science Learning Hub explore ideas relating to the Physical World strand in the NZC. This online PLD session recorded on 11 March 2015 shows primary teachers how to navigate ...

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