Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students explore the basic properties of water at room temperature.

Key lessons and understandings of activity:

  • Water has special properties different to solid things. We use the properties of water in our lives.

Australian Curriculum Mapping 

Content descriptions:

Year 1 Science

  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS024)
  • Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS213)

Year 2 Science

  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS037)
  • Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS041)

Syllabus OutcomesST1-4WS.

Topic: Water

Year levels: 1 and 2

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 20 min

Learning areas addressed: Science.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Lead the students in a class discussion around water. Tidy up to keep paper from getting wet before activity starts.

Resources required: Bowls of water and one plastic bottle of water for each group.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Setting up

In this activity, it is suggested that groups of students can sit around a table with a bowl of water. This will need some setting up and anything that might be damaged by getting wet will need to be packed somewhere else. As an alternative,  students could sit on the grass or other location around bowls of water.


Explore one water property at a time. Get feedback from students. Compare responses.

• What does water feel like?

• What does water look like?

• What does water smell like?

• What does water taste like?

• Can you think of any noises that water makes?

• How does water move?

• What happens when water is touched?

• Why is water still in the bowl?

• How could water get out of the bowl?

• What would happen if we left the bowl of water out? Where has the water gone when something dries out?

• Choose one student to carry a bowl with some water. Ask students to comment how they go about doing it.

• Try again with a plastic bo

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