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Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring A Fizzy Rock.

  • Limestone to lime – Student Activity

    In this activity, students view the interactive Calcination – lime from limestone, which shows the industrial processing of limestone into lime, and use the information to complete a matching activity.

  • Toilet roll geologic timescale – Student Activity

    In this activity, students construct a modified geologic timescale using a roll of toilet paper. Each piece of the toilet roll represents a time period, and major New Zealand geologic events are to be marked on the paper.

  • Some properties of carbon dioxide – Student Activity

    In this activity, students investigate some of the physical, chemical and physiological properties of carbon dioxide gas. In addition, a model demonstrating the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will be constructed.

  • Strength of sand and cement mixes – Student Activity

    In this activity, students mix different combinations of sand and cement with water. Small tiles of these combinations will be fashioned, left aside to cure and then tested for strength.

  • Liming paddocks – Student Activity

    In this activity, students measure the pH of soil collected from a paddock. This will be used to estimate the amount of agricultural lime needed to promote good grass growth.

  • Discovering limestone’s secrets – Student Activity

    In this activity, students view the interactive Limestone’s secrets revealed and then answer graded sets of questions based on the content of the video clips from the interactive.

  • Fresco painting chemistry – Student Activity

    In this activity, students will prepare a tile of lime plaster and then paint it in the fresco style. The chemistry that lies behind this technique will then be explored.