Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students explore a wide range of water properties and verbally describe their observations.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand that water has special properties different to solid things.
  • Students recognise that we can use these properties to perform many different tasks.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content description:

Year 1 Science

  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024)
  • Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS025)

Year 1 English

  • Explore differences in words that represent people, places and things (nouns, including pronouns), happenings and states (verbs), qualities (adjectives) and details such as when, where and how (adverbs) (ACELA1452)

Year 2 Science

  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS037)
  • Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS038)

Year 2 English

  • Understand that nouns represent people, places, concrete objects and abstract concepts; that there are three types of nouns: common, proper and pronouns; and that noun groups/phrases can be expanded using articles and adjectives (ACELA1468)

Syllabus outcomesST1-4WS, EN1-4A, EN1-9B

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy.

Topic: Water

Time required: 30 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead the students in a class discussion focusing on their observations. Demonstrate activities.

Resources required: See activity for the setup.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Water, words.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goals: By participating in this activity students will understand that water has special properties different to solid things and they recognise that we can use these properties to perform many different tasks.

Teacher content information: Water is one of the most amazing substances with a large number of properties that makes life possible. We use these properties in many ways, even flushing the toilet.

Cool Australia Presents Water from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

We have many words that describe the properties of water. There are up to 12 simple activities that students can do that use different words to describe water.

Hot tips:

  1. This activity can be completed by students (you will probably want to do this outside) or as a demonstration by the teacher. Instructions for both options are provided below.
  2. Decide if you will introduce the concept of gravity to help describe how water flows to the lowest point.

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