experiMENTALS: Magic rocking candle

Primary KLA:
Science and Technology
Secondary KLA:
Science
Educational levels:
Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8

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This resource contains a materials and instruction list and brief explanation for students about the process of burning both ends of a balancing candle. This activity is most likely to be done as a teacher demonstration for safety and classroom management reasons, particularly at primary school level.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(ST3-12MW) identifies the observable properties of solids, liquids and gases, and that changes made to materials are reversible or irreversible

(SC4-6WS) follows a sequence of instructions to safely undertake a range of investigation types, collaboratively and individually

(SC4-10PW) describes the action of unbalanced forces in everyday situations

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU077) Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways

(ACSSU095) Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting

(ACSSU117) Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object

(ACSSU118) Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of the Earth

(ACSIS125) Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed

(ACSIS130) Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions

(ACSSU151) The properties of the different states of matter can be explained in terms of the motion and arrangement of particles

(ACSSU225) Chemical change involves substances reacting to form new substances

(ACSIS140) Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed

(ACSIS145) Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Chemical reactions : Wax (1769)
File type:
text/html
Language/s:
en-AU
Author:
ABC - eXperiMentals
Publisher:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Resource ID: e81ac4af-6eca-4ab3-b699-501ef10222de