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Emergency Science – Surviving Natural Disasters

The science behind fire, flood and drought

Emergency Science demonstrates compellingly to students how science is relevant and indeed vital to their lives. This book explores a range of science concepts, particularly in relation to emergency response, agriculture and horticulture. It offers meaningful and motivating hands-on activities that develop skills in science investigation along with scientific knowledge It also includes learning objectives and key skills, differentiated by ability level, in every lesson.

Ages: 12-15 | Pages: 56 | Code: 5951 | ISBN: 9781776552573

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Brenda Greene

Brenda Greene gained an MSc from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and worked as a scientist, publishing papers on the genetics and conservation of New Zealand birds. She gained a Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Canterbury University, and taught science at the Orana Wildlife Park and in Christchurch secondary schools. She enjoys hands-on science, and is always inventing new experiments for her students to do.


Overview of this book4
Introducing natural disasters5
What is a natural disaster?5
Add fuel to the fire7
Your take on fire trends10
A bundle of energy13
Fire facts on the state of matter16
Taking the temperature19
Put it to the test: Heat transfer20
Introducing ignition temperature22
Following up on ignition temperature: Impact of different fuels23
It's in the air24
The physics of fire26
The physics and chemistry of combustion27
Flood and drought32
Put it to the test: Water cycle32
Show what you know: Water cycle quiz36
Before and after quiz: Plant water needs 37Team of experts: Plant water needs38
Put it to the test: Photosynthesis39
Put it to the test: Transpiration42
Put it to the test: Germination and growth44
Plant adaptation in the extremes46
The last word: Crossword revision51
Selected answers53