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Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Date Created: October 5, 2017
Ongoing
Author(s):
  • FireWorks Educational Program
Contact(s):
  • Ilana L. Abrahamson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
  • Courtney A. Johnson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students describe and organize what they already know about fire so it fits into the conceptual model of the Fire Triangle. They examine the geometric stability of a triangle and how that property applies to fire.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of how fires burn and why they go out.

Objectives:

  • Students can construct a triangle out of toothpicks and gumdrops, and can label its legs with the three components of the Fire Triangle.
  • Students can demonstrate that removing one side of the triangle makes it collapse.
  • Students can identify the component(s) of the Fire Triangle that are removed in various scenarios, and explain how this makes the fire go out.
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Keywords:
  • fire triangle
  • heat
  • ignition
  • O - oxygen
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FRAMES Record Number: 25022