Exploring Heat & Energy

How does fire keep itself going? Explore the ways that heat uses fuel and energy with a lesson about the fire triangle and combustion. Several activities demonstrate how heat moves from warmer objects to cooler objects, as well as the different materials that heat can use as fuel.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson in your unit about heat energy, or in a unit about wildfires
Classroom Considerations

  • Some activities involve fire and will require easy access to a fire extinguisher, just in case of emergency
Pros

  • Provides safety precautions for specific parts of the activity, such as burning a candle and performing the peanut fuel challenge
  • Intriguing for all levels of science learners
Cons

  • None