How Things Burn

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What is the fire triangle? Young ranger learn about the three elements needed to start a fire and keep it going (heat sources, fuel sources, and oxygen) with a class demonstration involving a candle in a jar.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a unit about fire safety or the forest ecosystem
  • Have your class research the easiest ways to prevent forest fires
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity would be most effective as a small group demonstration, as it involves lighting a candle and observing the fire
  • Consider projecting the landscape page (page 6) onto the board to avoid printing in color
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  • Includes additional resources for extension opportunities
  • Learner pages are labeled at the top of the page
  • A great addition to your fire safety unit

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