The Teaching Primary Science book Candles uses the study of candles to illustrate how much science can come from the study of everyday objects. It describes a selection of the many investigations which start from candles and which give some idea of what science is. The first two chapters discuss matters of classroom organisation with particular attention to safety. Subsequent chapters give ideas for classroom work, focusing of different processes and skills involved in scientific investigation. There is also help for the teacher in relation to using children’s ideas in explaining what is happening when candles burn down.
Making a start
1. Deciding what to do
2. Problems of organization
The scientific approach: how and why
5. Experiment: a case history
6. Experiment: a fair test?
More things to do
7. Where has all the candle gone?
8. Energy from candle flames
9. Further possibilities based on this topic
For direct work with children
For further information and ideas
HEALTH and SAFETY
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