Water Lesson Plans

  1. Barge 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Colored 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.
  4. Evaporation 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.
  1. Florida 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 cycle.
  2. For 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.
  3. Forms of Water - This is a great way to spice up a common simple experiment demonstrating the three forms of water.
  4. Go 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.
  5. Heavy Water - The relative weight of water, in different types of containers, is explored.
  6. How does water flow? - TSW predict which direction the water will flow. TSW observe and record where the water will flow to.
  7. How 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.
  8. Living 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.
  9. Matter 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.
  10. Melt 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 race.
  11. Oh, 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 personification.
  12. Rainbow on the Wall - An experiment to see if rainbow will form on the wall when the light is shined into the water.
  13. 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.
  14. Sold! 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 Babbitt.
  15. States 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.
  16. The 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.
  17. The Water Cycle - Students name the three steps of the water cycle and define the terms evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.
  18. The Water Cycle - The students will explore the different components of the water cycle by taking notes and a worksheet and analyzing the results.
  19. 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.
  20. The Water Detectives - This is a research project designed for students to collect, analyze and present environmental water quality data.
  21. Wading 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 cycle!
  22. Water and Bonding: Make the Colors Dance - I used this one to teach about surface tension and bonds and just to amaze my kids.
  23. Water Conservation - After learning how water is wasted and can be saved, students make a commitment to change their habits in order to conserve water.
  24. Water 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.
  25. Water Displacement to Determine Volume - Students use the water displacement method to determine the volume of solid objects.
  26. Water Flows Downhill - Children will experiment with different containers to see if water flows up or down.
  27. Water Flowing in Trees - Students will examine water flow in a celery stalk to better understand how water flows in trees.
  28. Water, 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.
  29. Water, 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.
  30. Water Worksheets
  31. Water Teaching Theme
  32. What 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.
  33. Who 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.