Water Lesson Plans
Building What Floats Your Boat? - Using aluminum foil, pennies, and
water, students build a barge that will float while holding the largest
number of pennies. Students will learn problem solving, estimation, weight
and balance, and the causes and effects of water displacement.
- Cold Sea
Waters - Cold sea waters affected the local and state area during
the summer of 1998. Studying a detailed web-site map helps students gain
an understanding of sea temperatures.
Clouds - In this lesson learners will observe particles that make
up warm water move around faster than particles that make up cold water.
This will be demonstrated by observing clouds made of food coloring mixed
with different temperatures of water.
Marathon - Runners take your mark! This lesson involves a student
experiment to see which container evaporates water the quickest. The lesson
invites students to explore independent and dependent variables as part
of the experimentation process.
Water Cycle - Discover the water cycle process that affects Florida.
Students observe the water cycle in both a graphic presentation and
a demonstration to learn about the stages and sequencing of the water
Sale - Ageless Water - This is a two-part lesson in which students
research bottled water advertisements on the Internet and printed
ads and then create their own magazine advertisement (second lesson)
for the spring water in the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.
- Forms of Water
- This is a great way to spice up a common simple experiment demonstrating
the three forms of water.
Jump In The Lake! - In this real-life science activity, students
test local lake waters to determine overall health of the lakes. Students
then hypothesize possible human impact on the indicators they are
testing in the waters and share these inferences in a scientific report.
Water - The relative weight of water, in different types of containers,
does water flow? - TSW predict which direction the water will
flow. TSW observe and record where the water will flow to.
Stuff Is Put Together (Chemical Bonding) - All compounds are made
of combinations of elements held together by bonds in exact proportion.
The demonstration of a simple experiment illustrates the ratio of
the elements that make up the common chemical compound of water.
in Water - Students perform a lab activity in which they examine
the external structure of a preserved fish and find out why fish can
survive and live in water.
Matters - This is lesson one of the unit Weather Trackers. Students
learn by observation and hands-on activities the act of water changing
form from a solid to a liquid to a gas.
the Ice - As students explore the properties of water, they hypothesize
how to cause changes from a solid and gas state to a liquid state.
Students use their new science knowledge to have an ice cube melt
Let the Rain Fall Down - Using the three phases of the water cycle
and five science vocabulary words, students write a narrative paragraph(s)
describing the journey of a raindrop during one day. This introduces
- Rainbow on
the Wall - An experiment to see if rainbow will form on the wall
when the light is shined into the water.
- Soda Water
Fountain Experiment - The name for this week's experiment comes
from the song "Big, Rock Candy Mountain", which was a favorite of
mine when I was young. The experiment was the result of an accident.
Ageless Water - With the popularity of bottled water today, students
create a magazine advertisement for the spring water, which causes
a person to live forever, in the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie
of Water - Students identify the various states of water. Hypothesizing
and hands-on experimenting on changing the states of water assists
students in understanding the properties of water and the role of
heating and cooling in the changes of state.
Movement of Liquid Molecules - Students will observe food coloring
being diluted in hot, room temperature, and cold water. Through this
activity they will be able to visualize and better understand the
concept of the constant motion of molecules.
Water Cycle - Students name the three steps of the water cycle
and define the terms evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.
Water Cycle - The students will explore the different components
of the water cycle by taking notes and a worksheet and analyzing the
Water Cycle and Clementine - After a demonstration and discussion
of the water cycle, a water cycle song is learned to the tune of "Clementine."
Students then draw and label the water cycle in their journals, add
vocabulary words to the word wall and complete KWL charts.
Water Detectives - This is a research project designed for students
to collect, analyze and present environmental water quality data.
Through the Water Cycle - Are you having trouble understanding
the water cycle? This lesson will help you wade through the facts
and vocabulary. You will soon be swimming with knowledge about the
- Water and
Bonding: Make the Colors Dance - I used this one to teach about
surface tension and bonds and just to amaze my kids.
Conservation - After learning how water is wasted and can be saved,
students make a commitment to change their habits in order to conserve
Cycle - A SiteMaker Presentation - The student researches and
writes a report on a specific element of the water cycle. The final
draft of this report is published using SiteMaker, a Web page multimedia
program available free from Beacon Learning Center.
Displacement to Determine Volume - Students use the water displacement
method to determine the volume of solid objects.
- Water Flows
Downhill - Children will experiment with different containers
to see if water flows up or down.
- Water Flowing
in Trees - Students will examine water flow in a celery stalk
to better understand how water flows in trees.
Water, Everywhere (High School) - Through online newspaper articles,
this lesson provides an analytical review of water resources in the
Southeast as an illustration of the economic concept of scarcity.
Water, Everywhere - This lesson is for Days 2 and 3 of the unit,
Bedlam in Bedrock. Students explore the concept of change and associate
it with changes in their lives, in nature, and eventually with changes
in the Earth's water cycle.
- Water Teaching Theme
Is the Matter with Water? - How fast can you make an ice cube
melt? After students observe water as a liquid, solid, and gas, they
compete to see how fast they can make an ice cube melt.
Wants To Be A Raindrop? - Students play a game which will show
them how the water cycle can be affected by temperature and land features.