Combustion, Synthesis, Decomposition: How Does a Fire Extinguisher Work?

Pull the trigger on chemical reaction understanding! Curious chemists discover the three basic reaction types using a video from JFR Science. The resource presents each reaction with written and verbal tips and practice problems.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Show the video in chunks as the class works their way through the three reaction types
  • Have pupils make notes about the reactions around example problems
Classroom Considerations
  • Plan to show the video after students have developed a solid foundation of formulas and nomenclature
Pros
  • The 50s era fire extinguisher opener is a fun way to break the ice on reaction writing
  • Provides thorough explanations for each type of reaction
Cons
  • None
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