Investigating Phenomena: Why Does the Candle Relight?

Phenomenon Driven Science

Phenomena drive science! They’re observable, naturally occurring events that are everywhere and spark student questions and investigations. Ask students to observe the DCI-linked phenomenon in these videos and complete the attached student sheet prior to remote learning discussions.

Observations: Carefully watch the reigniting candle video. Gather all the evidence you can from the video and write down everything you observe.

Generate Questions: What chemical processes do you think are being represented by the burning candle and the reignition? How can the Law of Conservation of Mass be applied to this phenomenon? What are your reasons?

Research (include sources):

Final Explanation: Use a written explanation, graphic, or flow chart to present your final explanation for the reigniting candle.

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